Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

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Uber ends mandatory arbitration in sexual assault, harassment cases ars_ab.settitle(1308989)

In addition, survivors will have the option to settle their claims with Uber without a confidentiality provision that prevents them from speaking about the facts of the sexual assault or sexual harassment they suffered.

Ridesharing giant Uber has announced that it will no longer require its USA riders, drivers, and/or employees to resort to arbitration to resolve claims of sexual assault and harassment.

The San Francisco-based company is also giving victims the choice of whether they want to make their allegations public.

Now, Uber says employees, riders, and drivers can take those claims to open court or choose to join a class-action lawsuit. And racial and gender discrimination complaints will be resolved in private.

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

Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi said the move was "an important step forward in our commitment to safety and transparency".

Police say after dropping off a female passenger at her West Oak Cliff home, Chammout followed the woman inside, hit her over the head and sexually assaulted her.

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.

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Uber's arbitration policy had previously been challenged in lawsuits, according to CNN.

The suit was originally filed in November 2017 but gained increased public attention in recent weeks after the women wrote a letter to Uber's board detailing their allegations and urging the company to remove its arbitration clause.

Beyond Uber, there's been a push to cut back on the use of forced arbitration by employers. Even worse for consumers is that in the world of arbitration, there is no possibility of class-action claims.

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.

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