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

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

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

Previously, the company required arbitration for any individual claims by Uber riders, drivers or employees.

Uber won't force survivors of sexual misconduct into arbitration anymore. Later that month, Microsoft said it was ending forced arbitration agreements for employees making sexual harassment claims, and expressed support for the bipartisan bill.

The changes governing sexual misconduct come a month after Uber announced it will do criminal background checks on its United States drivers annually and add a 911 button for summoning help in emergencies.

FBN's Gerri Willis on Uber safety concerns after one of the company's self-driving cars hit and killed a pedestrian. Uber also did away with a clause requiring people who settle such claims with Uber to sign a nondisclosure agreement that would forbid them from speaking about their experience. And the firm said it will begin publishing a "safety transparency report" on sexual assaults and other incidents that occur on its platform.

The company has also stated that the policy applies only to cases involving sexual assault and harassment; other cases, such as racial and gender discrimination complaints, will still be resolved through private administration.


Under the new policy, victims of sexual assault and harassment will be able to choose how to pursue their claims - arbitration, mediation, or open court. "I want to thank (CNN) for the reporting that you've done on this issue". Now, customers can take those claims to court or join a class-action lawsuit, the company said. In March 2018, Uber came under fire after court records showed it had tried to push the women in that case toward individual arbitration. "We want to bring these numbers out in the open". That would include rides and deliveries, as well as incidents that happen before pickup or after drop-off.

While no specific timeline has been given for the report's release, an Uber spokesperson told Axios that the company's Chief Legal Officer Tony West hopes to publish the report by the end of the year. Even worse for consumers is that in the world of arbitration, there is no possibility of class-action claims.

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.

Susan Fowler, the former Uber engineer whose blog post drove Uber to address sexual harassment within the company's corporate workforce, is fighting on the workplace issue more broadly in California.

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