Uber is done demanding silence on sexual harassment


Uber is announcing a major policy change on how it handles sexual assault and harassment cases, ending the practice of mandatory arbitration starting today.

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

The raid-hailing company's terms of service previously required any legal claims be resolved in an arbitration hearing, rather than open court, according to The New York Times.

Uber won't force survivors of sexual misconduct into arbitration anymore.

In April, a CNN investigation found there were at least 103 Uber drivers in the United States who have been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing their passengers in the past four years.

"So we're making it clear that Uber will not require confidentiality provisions or non-disclosure agreements to prevent survivors from talking about the facts of what happened to them".

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. "We hope to open-source this methodology so we can encourage others in the ridesharing, transportation and travel industries, both private and public, to join us in taking this step".

"Whether to find closure, seek treatment, or become advocates for change themselves, survivors will be in control of whether to share their stories", wrote Tony West, Uber's chief legal officer, in a blog post.

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Beyond Uber, there's been a push to cut back on the use of forced arbitration by employers. The company gained a reputation for rampant sexism a year ago after Susan Fowler, a former engineer, wrote a viral blog post about harassment and retaliation she said she faced on the job. Even worse for consumers is that in the world of arbitration, there is no possibility of class-action claims. That means victims who wish to file lawsuits about harassment will still have to do so individually, and will still not be able to bring a case on behalf of many plaintiffs.



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