Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Uber will no longer force victims of sexual assault into arbitration

Uber will no longer force victims of sexual assault into arbitration

"We're working with experts in the field to develop a taxonomy to categorize the incidents that are reported to us", West said.

The decision by the San Francisco ride-hailing pioneer to drop its insistence on mandatory arbitration for such claims was followed by Lyft, Reuters reported.

Uber says its decision to eliminate forced arbitration, announced hours before Lyft did on Tuesday, is part of a broader effort to enhance the safety of its service. Uber argued that the women will have to bring other claims in the suit, including unfair business practices, to an arbitrator.

"Arbitration is an appropriate form of dispute resolution that is often more beneficial for the parties than going to court", the spokesman said.

They can now settle claims through mediation, where they can choose confidentiality; in arbitration, where they can choose to maintain their privacy while pursuing their case; or in court, Uber said in a blog post.

West, who joined Uber in October 2017, served as associate attorney general during the Obama administration, and helped with the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act in 2013.

Uber did not provide details on the number of sexual harassment cases that are pending or have been settled, but when contacted by Reuters it said it will not revisit past cases that have been settled through the confidentiality agreement.

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At least 31 drivers have been convicted for crimes ranging from forcible touching and false imprisonment to rape, and dozens of criminal and civil cases are pending, CNN found. "This policy extends to passengers, drivers and Lyft employees".

In addition, it will release a "security openness report" that will put numbers behind sexual assaults and other events that happen on its platform. Nevertheless, the numbers recommend that there might be a lot more total occurrences of sexual assault than the 103 cases discovered in the examination.

The upheaval in Uber's leadership was prompted in large part by one woman, Susan Fowler, who publicly shared her story about experiencing egregious sexual harassment at Uber and reporting it, repeatedly, to managers and human resources reps who dismissed her concerns and threatened retaliation.

The business states it will lean on worked with consultants such as Ebony Tucker of the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, Cindy Southworth of the National Network to End Domestic Violence and Tina Tchen, a creator of the NY city Time's Up Legal Defense Fund.

"That always has to be our perspective when it comes to sexual assault". As per Uber's terms of service that exists today, passengers relinquish their right to pursue any claims against Uber in open court when they sign up as a rider.

Uber says it has met with more than 80 women's groups and recruited several prominent advocates as advisers on these issues.

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