Uber shifts its policy for alleged sexual misconduct on service

Uber to end forced arbitration for victims of sexual assault, harassment

Previously, Uber's terms of service barred sexual assault victims-and other potential litigants-from pursuing their claims against Uber in open court, redirecting their cases to private arbitration.

The update will apply to riders, drivers and employees who will be able to choose the venue in which they want to pursue redress of their sexual harassment or assault claims, whether that's arbitration, mediation or open court.

The modification comes 2 weeks after the reporter reported the outcomes of its examination, which discovered a minimum of 103 Uber motorists in the United States who have actually been implicated of sexually attacking or abusing their guests in the past 4 years.

"So while these changes may not please everybody, we believe they represent big, bold steps forward that will ultimately help us all prevent sexual assault more effectively", West said in the statement.

The move by Uber raises two questions: How far does this change in policy go toward repairing Uber's reputation, and what does this mean for other companies with arbitration clauses?

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 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. "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". And now, her former employer is doing just that.

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"On the heels of controversies ranging from exploitative use of surge pricing to questionable CEO behavior, there are reasonable questions about Uber's values at a time when consumers are increasingly voting with their wallets and using shared values as a key decision maker".

The business will not need privacy as part of settlement arrangements in claims referring to sexual assault or harassment.

Lyft, a rival auto service, had similar terms of service requiring passengers to use arbitration. "We think it is very, very important to allow survivors of sexual assault and sexual harassment the control and agency that was, frankly, stripped from them in that incident", Uber's chief legal officer, Tony West, told CNN in a phone interview.

The Uber news was announced a day ahead of a court-mandated deadline for the company to respond to a proposed class action lawsuit filed by law firm Wigdor LLP on behalf of nine women accusing drivers of sexual assault.

Uber says it has met with more than 80 women's groups and recruited several prominent advocates as advisers on these issues.

There is no publicly available data for the number of sexual assaults by Uber, Lyft, or other rideshare companies.

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