Uber to bring transparency and allow users to pursue sexual assault claims

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"If an individual wants to sue for sexual harassment or assault, they have to prove that Uber is on notice that this driver had prior complaints and they allowed the driver to continue to work". This move comes two weeks after CNN published a report that found at least 103 Uber drivers in the US have been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing their passengers in the last four years. "We think they're going to be disturbing because it is never easy to report sexual assault".

An Uber investigation at the time resulted in the firing of about 20 people, and former Attorney General Eric Holder said the male-dominated company didn't have basic policies to protect against harassment.

Uber says its decision to eliminate forced arbitration, announced hours before Lyft did on Tuesday, is part of a broader effort to enhance the safety of its service. Khosrowshahi replied that he would "take a look at your suggestion".

And last month, Fowler wrote an op-ed in The New York Times arguing that to fight sexual harassment, the USA needs to bring an end to forced arbitration of sexual harassment cases - across the board. "This will not be the last issue Uber has to clean up to show it is dealing with all issues so that customers will trust the brand". The women also asked Uber to waive its arbitration clause.

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The new rules mark another conciliatory move made by Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi (kahs-row-SHAH'-hee). And in the midst of the #MeToo movement, advocates have singled out these stipulations as tools used to stifle women's stories of sexual harassment and assault.

The news came one day ahead of a court-mandated due date for Uber to react in a proposed class action suit submitted by law practice Wigdor LLP on behalf of 9 females implicating motorists of sexual assault. Our hope is that Uber ending forced arbitration for victims of sexual assault will begin a process to reduce future suffering by women passengers.

Uber also promised to publish a safety transparency report that will put numbers behind sexual assaults and other incidents that occur on its platform.

Jeanne M. Christensen, the partner at Wigdor handling the case, said in a statement, "Congratulations to Uber for choosing not to silence survivors". (I deleted the app a year ago, after a driver found my phone number-through his trip history, I assumed-and repeatedly texted and called me.) Last month, Uber implemented a host of long-delayed safety features, such as an emergency-call button that connects a rider to a 911 operator and features real-time location data from the moving auto. Riders, passengers, and employees in the USA will now have the option of taking the company to court, or going through a mediator where confidentiality is optional.

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