Uber to Stop Forcing Sexual Assault Victims into Arbitration

Uber to end forced arbitration for victims of sexual assault, harassment

On Tuesday morning, Tony West, Uber's chief legal officer, published a lengthy blog post proclaiming the end of mandatory arbitration for anyone (driver, rider, employee) associated with a claim of sexual assault or sexual harassment.

Uber's ride-hailing service will give its United States passengers and drivers more leeway to pursue claims of sexual misconduct, its latest attempt to reverse its reputation for brushing aside bad behaviour. Going forward, Uber says it will now let victims, including passengers as well as drivers and employees, choose the venue in which to pursue their grievance, including the courts.

An April 2018 CNN search of police and court records in 20 major U.S. cities found that 103 Uber drivers had been accused of sexual assault over the previous four years; 31 drivers had been convicted and dozens of others faced criminal and civil cases at the time.

Other changes include a "safety transparency report" that includes sex assault and harassment data.

"The last 18 months have exposed a silent epidemic of sexual assault and harassment that haunts every industry and every community", the company said in a statement.

The company now will let sexual assault and harassment victims chose mediation, arbitration or open court. "I want to thank (CNN) for the reporting that you've done on this issue".

Uber also will no longer require confidentiality as part of settlement agreements in sexual harassment or assault claims. As with the arbitration change, this will apply to cases now pending and cases moving forward. That includes investigations into the possible use of illegal software to monitor competitors and even disrupt efforts to regulate the ride-sharing service. "We want to bring these numbers out in the open".

The company says it will lean on hired advisors such as Ebony Tucker of the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, Cindy Southworth of the National Network to End Domestic Violence and Tina Tchen, a founder of the New York Time's Up Legal Defense Fund. The company gained a reputation for rampant sexism previous year after Susan Fowler, a former engineer, wrote a viral blog post about harassment and retaliation she said she faced on the job. The company's revised policies, in addition to not being applied retroactively, also don't apply to class-action claims.

In April, California state leaders introduced a bill that would bar companies from requiring workers to settle complaints in arbitration. "What's most important is for individual survivors to be able to tell their individual stories".

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