Lyft also ends arbitration policy for sexual assault claims

Lyft also ends arbitration policy for sexual assault claims

Lyft also ends arbitration policy for sexual assault claims

Rather, Uber will enable victims of sexual violence, consisting of riders, motorists and staff members, to pick the location where they wish to pursue redress of their unwanted sexual advances or attack claims, whether that's arbitration, mediation or open court. West and Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi took over late past year and have attempted to turn the company around.

Lyft is following in Uber's footsteps.

Arbitration clauses have played a role in high-profile settlements involving film mogul Harvey Weinstein and others, enabling accusations and settlements to be made in secret. The women, represented by law firm Wigdor LLP, made a direct appeal to Uber's board in a letter last month, asking directors to waive the company's mandatory arbitration and anti-class action provisions. "We think they're going to be disturbing because it is never easy to report sexual assault".

Uber will work with women's groups and experts in sexual violence prevention to find a way to categorize the data for public release and intends to make the methodology open-source so others can use it. While it's easy to pick on individual companies like Uber for having policies like this, the truth is that they're just doing what all companies do. The San Francisco based ride-hailing company confirms that it's ending the use of forced arbitration agreements for employees, riders, and drivers.

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The news comes after a CNN investigation found more than 100 Uber drivers in the USA have been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing their passengers in the past four years.

Formerly, upon registering for Uber's service, Uber states users accepted solve any claims on a specific basis through arbitration. 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.

"I do expect these numbers to be numbers that people will be rightly upset by and will rightly be able to take concrete action against", said Uber's West, a former top Justice Department official. Those alleging assault who wish to be part of a class action suit are still bound by the arbitration clause. "This is the beginning of a longer process needed to meaningfully improve safety".

Indeed, Tuesday's change seems tied to a larger, concerted campaign by Dara Khosrowshahi to at least superficially reform the historically troubled company. (I deleted the app past year, 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 vehicle.

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