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Uber changes policies for claims of sexual harassment, assault

Uber changes policies for claims of sexual harassment, assault”

"Whatever they decide, they will be free to tell their story wherever and however they see fit", West wrote.

" We believe it is extremely, crucial to enable survivors of sexual assault and unwanted sexual advances the control and company that was, honestly, removed from them because event", Uber's primary legal officer, Tony West, informed the reporter in a phone interview. They are getting rid of that policy for customers and employees alike.

In fact, Uber's new policy might not help her clients: The changes apply only to individuals.

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Uber states it is taking actions to assist lower the culture of silence around sexual violence on its platform in the wake of a the reporter examination into sexual assaults and abuse by Uber motorists.

"They're saying this case and these claims belong in private arbitration because on the app and embedded deep in the terms of services is a requirement for people to agree to private arbitration", she said. Those alleging assault who wish to be part of a class action suit are still bound by the arbitration clause.

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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The news came just hours after Uber announced the same change in the wake of a recent CNN investigation into the sexual assaults and abuse by drivers. Uber has made a critical step in this direction, but preventing victims from proceeding together, on a class basis, shows that Uber is not fully committed to meaningful change. By the end of the year, Uber will also start to publicly report incidents of alleged sexual misconduct in hopes of establishing more transparency about the issue throughout the ride-hailing and traditional taxi industries. "We think they're going to be disturbing because it is never easy to report sexual assault".

The decision comes only two weeks after CNN concluded its investigation and reported its results, which discovered that at least 103 Uber drivers in the US have been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing their passengers in the past four years.

"It starts with improving our product and policies, but it requires so much more, and we're in it for the long haul", West concluded in the post. Last month, Khosrowshahi said Uber would more closely monitor driver backgrounds. Hopefully, more companies will follow suit before there are problems.

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But as the company announced its reforms to adjudicating its claims process, New York-based attorney Jeanne Christensen, of the law firm Wigdor LLP, said she was unimpressed.

Following the reporter's examination and the letter, Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from CT, challenged Uber's use of forced arbitration and in a letter to CEO Dara Khosrowshahi "respectfully asked for" the business end the practice.

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