Uber stops forcing sex assault, harassment victims into arbitration

Uber stops forcing sex assault, harassment victims into arbitration

Uber stops forcing sex assault, harassment victims into arbitration

The practice? common to many industries — has been denounced for allowing companies to keep sexual misconduct claims out of the court system and away from public view. "We have learned it's important to give sexual assault and harassment survivors control of how they pursue their claims", he said.

An April 2018 CNN search of police and court records in 20 major USA 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.

Uber says it's putting safety at the core of everything it does. This past February, all 50 U.S. state attorneys general signed a letter to Congress calling for lawmakers to ban employers from mandating arbitration for sexual harassment claims in the workplace.

Anyone using the Uber smartphone app to hail a ride was required to enter into confidential arbitration, even in the event of serious crimes, such as rape, committed by a driver.

Uber is changing how it handles assault claims.

Additionally, if someone is unfortunately subjected to sexual harassment or assault, no matter how they seek to adjudicate that claim (whether arbitration, mediation, or traditional litigation in a public court) Uber won't force them to agree to stay quiet about their experience.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

CNN did not include most of these complaints in its tally of cases because they could not all be verified with incident reports. I will tell you that, when this data is actually published as part of the safety transparency report, I think those numbers are going to be disturbing. "Enabling survivors to make this choice will help to end the culture of silence that surrounds sexual violence".

Last month, Susan Fowler, the former Uber engineer who authored a 2017 viral blog post about sexual harassment she endured while working there, penned an op-ed for the New York Times on how to terminate such behavior.

The news came one day ahead of a court-mandated deadline for Uber to respond in a proposed class action lawsuit filed by law firm Wigdor LLC on behalf of nine women accusing drivers of sexual assault. She joined California lawmakers in April to introduce a state bill that would ban forced arbitration. "They understand how their reputation will suffer if consumers perceive them as using arbitration to hide bad behavior".

In December, Microsoft announced it was eliminating forced arbitration agreements with employees who made sexual assault or harassment claims.

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