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Uber will no longer silence victims of sexual assault

15 May 2018, 10:32 | Cameron Gross

Uber ends policy of forced arbitration for individual sexual assault claims Natasha Lomas @ 7 hours

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Uber will no longer force passengers who accuse drivers of sexual assault or harassment into arbitration, a company official told CNN.

In a blog post titled "Turning the lights on", the ride-hailing company's Chief Legal Officer Tony West explained that assault victims will now have a choice of venues and processes when it comes to having their cases heard.

The forced arbitration allowed Uber to keep such allegations under wraps. "We have learned it's important to give sexual assault and harassment survivors control of how they pursue their claims", he said.

The company will no longer require confidentiality as part of settlement agreements in lawsuits pertaining to sexual assault or harassment. And the firm said it will begin publishing a "safety transparency report" on sexual assaults and other incidents that occur on its platform. Lawsuits against the ride-sharing tech giant allege that Uber seeks to hide the size of the problem by not being transparent per CNN, but West claims that policy will end shortly.




Uber says it's putting safety at the core of everything it does. The Uber logo is seen outside the Uber Corporate Headquarters building in San Francisco, California on February 05, 2018.

CNN reported in April that at least 103 Uber drivers in the USA have been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing passengers in the last four years.

It's only by accounting and acknowledging [reports] that we are empowered to take action in reducing the incidents of sexual assault.

Uber is shifting its stance after receiving an open letter from the NY law firm Wigdor LLP, which already has filed a lawsuit seeking to be certified as a class action representing women who allege they have been raped, sexually harassed or abused in other ways by Uber drivers. In a statement, Wigdor partner Jeanne M. Christensen applauded Uber for ending forced arbitration, but noted the new policies only applied to individual claims. One victim was attacked by a serial rapist who assaulted his passenger and 8 other women; another was an elderly woman who was beaten and raped; one victim says her driver forced her to drink his urine. Uber has made a critical step in this direction, but preventing victims from proceeding together, on a class basis, shows that Uber is not fully committed to meaningful change.



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