Uber and Lyft end mandatory arbitration for sexual assault claims

Uber Ends Forced Arbitration In Individual Cases Of Sexual Assault, Harassment

Rival ride-hail service Lyft also saw the light today, following Uber's announcement with one of its own-and taking a shot at its rival in the process. In order to "do better" (or at least give that impression), Uber is now changing policies it should never have had in the first place. Yay?

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. Both passengers and drivers now will have the option of pursuing their claims in open courtrooms and to share their experiences.

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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. Uber is also doing away with the mandate that all settlements concerning sexual assault or harassment must be kept confidential.

In a fiercely competitive market, Uber's announcement has already triggered a bandwagon effect-hours later, Lyft also chose to scrap its forced arbitration and confidentiality agreements for assault victims."Today, 48 hours prior to an impending lawsuit against their company, Uber made the good decision to adjust their policies", Lyft said, not exactly taking the high road.

"I want to thank (CNN) for the reporting that you've done on this issue", West added. 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.

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"It takes an incident like sexual assault to expose the one-sided nature of these compulsory arbitration clauses", says Gilman. The company said on Tuesday it will release data on the number of sexual assaults on its service. He joined Uber as the company was going under a public and top of the food chain transformation. Khosrowshahi has vowed to "do the right thing", fix the damage from previous missteps and lure back alienated riders who defected to rivals such as Lyft. Those alleging assault who wish to be part of a class action suit are still bound by the arbitration clause.

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. We must demand that our federal and state legislatures pass laws that ban forced arbitration in all cases of discrimination and harassment.

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