Uber Sexual Assault Victims No Longer Forced Into Arbitration

Uber Sexual Assault Victims No Longer Forced Into Arbitration

Lyft is following in Uber's footsteps.

There is no openly offered information for the variety of sexual assaults by Uber chauffeurs or motorists of other rideshare business. the reporter's analysis originated from a thorough evaluation of authorities reports, federal court records and county court databases for 20 significant United States cities.

The company also will not force survivors of sexual harassment or assault to sign nondisclosure agreements that prohibit them from talking about their experience, and the company promises to publicly release data about sexual assaults that are connected to Uber rides. Dara Khosrowshahi has been taking steps to address the company's issues.

The news comes after a CNN investigation found more than 100 Uber drivers in the USA have been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing their passengers in the past four years. CNN reports that this was the first time numbers of this sort had been "put to the issue", and that the 103 drivers were either arrested, had warrants issued or been named in civil suits. Several of those drivers have been convicted, and multiple cases are pending.

In a statement, Lyft applauded Uber for its "good decision". CNN's analysis came from an in-depth review of police reports, federal court records and county court databases for 20 major U.S. cities. "However, the company decided in these personal and hard set of claims the company wanted to give survivors the choice to seek redress in the venue of their choice, whether that's mediation, arbitration, or open court". They are getting rid of that policy for customers and employees alike. Uber is also doing away with the mandate that all settlements concerning sexual assault or harassment must be kept confidential.


"I$3 t's clear that sexual violence remains a huge problem globally", Uber's chief legal officer, Tony West, wrote in the announcement.

Lyft didn't initially tell Engadget whether or not it will publish a safety report to improve its transparency surrounding sexual assault and harassment cases.

"We're working with experts in the field to develop a taxonomy to categorize the incidents that are reported to us", West said. But she said in a written statement Tuesday that Uber continues to fight against class-action status for the 14 women she represents, showing it is "not fully committed to meaningful change" because victims are more likely to pursue claims as part of a group. The company said on Tuesday it will release data on the number of sexual assaults on its service. Those alleging assault who wish to be part of a class action suit are still bound by the arbitration clause.

This means anyone who claims they that have been assaulted and wants to sue Uber can pursue their case in open court and appeal for a trial by jury.

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