Uber Sexual Assault Victims No Longer Forced Into Arbitration

Uber Lyft Scrap Mandatory Arbitration for Sexual Assault Claims

While applauding Uber for making a "good decision", Lyft also made a veiled reference to the legal pressures that may have contributed to the change.

An Uber investigation at the time resulted in the firing of about 20 people, and former Attorney General Eric Holder said the male-dominated company didn't have basic policies to protect against harassment.

Uber will now allow these victims to choose where and how they want to pursue restitution and justice whether that's through arbitration, mediation or open court, modifying what was previously written in its terms of service. The San Francisco based ride-hailing company confirms that it's ending the use of forced arbitration agreements for employees, riders, and drivers. This move comes two weeks after CNN published a report that found at least 103 Uber drivers in the USA have been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing their passengers in the last four years.

"We have learned it's important to give sexual assault and harassment survivors control of how they pursue their claims", West said in the statement.

The firm isn't subtle in taking a dig at Uber: in a statement, Lyft noted that Uber changed its arbitration demands just two days before facing a lawsuit.

The company's change in how it handles these matters reflects a deliberate corporate decision to contribute toward a more outspoken, open culture of speaking out against sexual abuse and end what has always been a culture of corporate silence around such matters across industries.




Assault and harassment cases are now exempt from that requirement.

"It takes an incident like sexual assault to expose the one-sided nature of these compulsory arbitration clauses", says Gilman. Four police departments - Austin, Boston, Denver and Los Angeles - tracked crimes involving rideshare drivers and shared their data on sexual assault complaints. He joined Uber as the company was going under a public and top of the food chain transformation.

The news came one day ahead of a court-mandated due date for Uber to react in a proposed class action suit submitted by law practice Wigdor LLP on behalf of 9 females implicating motorists of sexual assault.

Susan Fowler, the previous Uber engineer whose post drove Uber to deal with unwanted sexual advances within the business's business labor force, is combating on the office problem more broadly in California.

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. She signed up with California legislators in April to present a state expense that would prohibit forced arbitration.

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