Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
IT | By Laverne Higgins

Uber shifts policy for alleged sexual misconduct on service

Uber shifts policy for alleged sexual misconduct on service

The policy change comes a year after former Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick was ousted as CEO, a move that happened as the company faced accusations of having a workplace culture of sexism and sexual harassment.

The company is ending the controversial practice of forced arbitration for all of its employees, riders, and drivers, reports CNBC.

CNN also contacted more than 20 police departments to obtain data on complaints that involved Uber and Lyft drivers and sexual assault.

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.

Uber also will no longer require confidentiality as part of settlement agreements in sexual harassment or assault claims.

While applauding Uber for making a "good decision", Lyft also made a veiled reference to the legal pressures that may have contributed to the change.

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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 LLP on behalf of nine women accusing drivers of sexual assault. "This vicious cycle perpetuates senseless violence".

Previously, upon signing up for Uber's service, Uber says users agreed to resolve any claims on an individual basis through arbitration.

There's now no way to "reliably or accurately" compare Uber's safety to other forms of transportation, Chief Legal Officer Tony West said in the blog post announcing the move, and sexual assault is a "vastly underreported crime".

CNN reported in April that at least 103 Uber drivers in the USA have been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing passengers in the last four years. Now individuals will be able to pursue their claims of sexual assault and harassment in any venue they choose: open court, mediation, or arbitration. For example, Houser said riders may now be more emboldened to report inappropriate behavior, such as when a driver asks them out for a date. West added, "I want to thank (CNN) for the reporting that you've done on this issue". Critics saw it as a way for Uber to keep the issues under wraps.

Finally, West said the company would "commit" to publishing a "safety transparency report", as a way to "turn the lights on" against this scourge.

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