Uber Sexual Assault Victims No Longer Forced Into Arbitration

Calvin Saunders
May 16, 2018

Victims were previously required to enter into confidentiality agreements as part of arbitration to settle claims, which prevented them from speaking publicly about the facts surrounding any sexual assault or harassment.

The changes concerning misconduct have come a month after Uber announced that it will carry out criminal background checks on its USA drivers annually and add a 911 button for summoning assistance in case of emergencies; an effort to keep people from using its service to prey on possible victims.

This move comes two weeks after CNN published a report that found at least 103 Uber drivers in the USA have been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing their passengers in the last four years. CNN's analysis came from an in-depth review of police reports, federal court records and county court databases for 20 major U.S. cities.

Uber likewise revealed 2 other policy changes relating to sexual assault.

"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. Lyft has also dropped a confidentiality agreement requirement and says it will release a safety report on its platform.

Not to be outdone, Lyft announced Tuesday that it would also scrap its rules binding passengers and drivers to private arbitration and confidential settlements in cases involving allegations of sexual misconduct. 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.

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"That always has to be our perspective when it comes to sexual assault". 4 cops departments- Austin, Boston, Denver and Los Angeles- tracked criminal activities including rideshare motorists and shared their information on sexual assault problems.

In a series of changes, Uber announced it would no longer force victims of sexual assault into mandatory arbitration and would instead allow them "choose to resolve their individual claims in the venue they prefer".

CNN did not include most of these complaints in its tally of cases because they could not all be verified with incident reports.

The rideshare business stated Tuesday it will not push into arbitration travelers who declare that they have actually been sexually attacked or bugged by motorists- something Uber states was formerly needed under its regards to service. However, the numbers suggest that there may be many more overall incidents of sexual assault than the cases found in the investigation. Uber stated the females will now have the option of bringing their specific attack declares to arbitration, meditation or open court.

- CNN's Nelli Black, Curt Devine, Drew Griffin, Majlie de Puy Kamp, Collette Richards and Whitney Clegg contributed reporting.

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