Uber Will No Longer Force Sexual Assault Survivors Into Arbitration Or NDAs

Uber Will No Longer Force Sexual Assault Survivors Into Arbitration Or NDAs

Lyft announced its new stance Tuesday, a few hours after Uber announced the same shift as part of its efforts to turn over a new leaf after a wave of revelations and allegations about its bad behavior.

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.

The company also will not force survivors of sexual harassment or assault to sign nondisclosure agreements that prohibit them from talking about their experience, and the company promises to publicly release data about sexual assaults that are connected to Uber rides.

Lyft, a rival auto service, had similar terms of service requiring passengers to use arbitration.

From now on, however, individual victims-but still not a class-will be able to choose between open court and arbitration.

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Ride-share apps Uber and Lyft will no longer bar customers from taking them to court over sex-assault claims, the companies announced Tuesday.

"I want to thank (CNN) for the reporting that you've done on this issue", West added.

The company's change in how it handles these matters reflects a deliberate corporate decision to contribute toward a more outspoken, open culture of speaking out against sexual abuse and end what has always been a culture of corporate silence around such matters across industries. The absence of openness about the variety of events committed by motorists has actually been a sticking point by victims in suits, which declare Uber aims to hide the true scope of the issue from its consumers.

Assault and harassment cases are now exempt from that requirement. "We desire individuals to acknowledge the enormity of the concern, and we desire us to start to think about positive methods to prevent and end sexual assault". This means anyone who alleges sexual misconduct at the hands of Lyft drivers, riders or employees won't have to argue their case behind closed doors. 4 cops departments- Austin, Boston, Denver and Los Angeles- tracked criminal activities including rideshare motorists and shared their information on sexual assault problems.

For a company with Uber's history, I'll believe it when I see it. Critics say the practice helps companies keep the issue of sexual violence quiet. Uber is shifting its stance after receiving an open letter from the NY law firm Wigdor LLP, which already has filed a lawsuit seeking to be certified as a class action representing women who allege they have been raped, sexually harassed or abused in other ways by Uber drivers. We must demand that our federal and state legislatures pass laws that ban forced arbitration in all cases of discrimination and harassment.

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