Uber scraps mandatory arbitration clause for sexual harassment claims

Uber scraps mandatory arbitration clause for sexual harassment claims

Rather, Uber will enable victims of sexual violence, consisting of riders, motorists and staff members, to pick the location where they wish to pursue redress of their unwanted sexual advances or attack claims, whether that's arbitration, mediation or open court.

In a series of changes, Uber announced it would no longer force victims of sexual assault into mandatory arbitration and would instead allow them "choose to resolve their individual claims in the venue they prefer".

It is also scrapping a requirements for all settlements of sexual misconduct to be kept confidential, allowing victims to make their experience public.

The company named Dara Khosrowshahi as its new CEO in August 2017 after months of turbulence including sexual harassment in the workplace, trade secret theft allegations and a federal investigation.

"That always has to be our perspective when it comes to sexual assault".

The decision comes only two weeks after CNN concluded its investigation and reported its results, which discovered that at least 103 Uber drivers in the US have been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing their passengers in the past four years.

The court had given Uber until Wednesday to say whether it would require the women to submit their claims to arbitration.

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Uber is due to respond in court by Wednesday about whether it will require the women in the proposed class action suit to carry out their assault claims in arbitration. West included, "I wish to thank (the reporter) for the reporting that you have actually done on this problem".

"We think the numbers are going to be disturbing", said Tony West, a government prosecutor during the Obama administration who became Uber's chief legal officer after Khosrowshahi took over.

Since then, calls for the end of forced arbitration for sexual assault survivors have intensified.

In a Dallas courthouse, an Uber driver is on trial, charged with sexually assaulting a passenger in 2015 after following her into her home.

Uber is also removing confidentiality agreements in settled cases. Several of those drivers have been convicted, and multiple cases are pending.

Additionally, it will publish a "safety transparency report" that will put numbers behind sexual assaults and other incidents that occur on its platform.

West informed the reporter he anticipates the variety of reports to increase when Uber launches information on sexual assaults and other events. "Uber has made a critical step" toward reducing future suffering by women passengers, "but preventing victims from proceeding together, on a class basis, shows that Uber is not fully committed to meaningful change". That's why we've met more than 80 women's groups and recruited advisors like Ebony Tucker of the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, Cindy Southworth of the National Network to End Domestic Violence and Tina Tchen, one of the founders of the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund and partner at Buckley Sandler LLP to advise us on these issues.

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