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Uber shifts its policy for alleged sexual misconduct on service

Uber shifts its policy for alleged sexual misconduct on service

Uber shifts its policy for alleged sexual misconduct on service

Both ride-sharing companies will allow riders, drivers, and passengers with claims of sexual assault to pursue their cases in open court. Uber's new approach represents a conciliatory step from CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.

The company announced on Tuesday that they have chose to waive forced arbitration for riders, drivers or employees who want to file a legal grievance against the company over claims of sexual assault.

Arbitration clauses have played a role in high-profile settlements involving film mogul Harvey Weinstein and others, enabling accusations and settlements to be made in secret. The women also asked Uber to waive its arbitration clause.

"So moving forward, survivors will be free to choose to resolve their individual claims in the venue they prefer: in mediation.in arbitration. or in open court".

Forced arbitration shields legal conflicts from public scrutiny and often requires a confidentiality agreement, silencing victims. "Whether to find closure, seek treatment, or become advocates for change themselves, survivors will be in control of whether to share their stories".

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Uber announced Tuesday that its new policies would include the publishing of "a safety transparency report that will include data on sexual assaults and other incidents that occur on the Uber platform".

This announcement comes a couple of weeks after an investigation found that more than 100 stateside Uber drivers had been accused of sexually assaulting or harassing passengers in the last four years. The company said on Tuesday it will release data on the number of sexual assaults on its service. In order to "do better" (or at least give that impression), Uber is now changing policies it should never have had in the first place. Yay?

"I do expect these numbers to be numbers that people will be rightly upset by and will rightly be able to take concrete action against", said Uber's West, a former top Justice Department official.

The Uber news was announced a day ahead of a court-mandated deadline for the company to respond to a proposed class action lawsuit filed by law firm Wigdor LLP on behalf of nine women accusing drivers of sexual assault. While it's easy to pick on individual companies like Uber for having policies like this, the truth is that they're just doing what all companies do.

Following the reporter's examination and the letter, Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from CT, challenged Uber's use of forced arbitration and in a letter to CEO Dara Khosrowshahi "respectfully asked for" the business end the practice. The changes governing sexual misconduct come a month after Uber announced it will do criminal background checks on its US drivers annually and add a 911 button for summoning help in emergencies.

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