May 15, 2018 — The ride-sharing service Uber has ended its policy of forcing sexual assault victims into mandatory arbitration to settle their claims, allowing victims to file individual lawsuits.
Uber will also end their policy of requiring victims to sign a confidentiality agreement that silences them from speaking publicly about their sexual assault or harassment after a settlement.
The changes were announced 2 weeks after an investigation by CNN found at least 103 Uber drivers in the U.S. had been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing passengers since 2014.
Last month, a group of women who were sexually abused by their Uber drivers also wrote a letter complaining about the policies.
Susan Fowler, a former Uber engineer who described sexual harassment within the company, urged CEO Dara Khosrowshahi to end the policies. She said:
“When you join these companies, they make you sign away your constitutional right to sue.”
Uber will also publish a “safety transparency report” with the number of sexual assaults and other incidents. The company has been accused by victims of downplaying the number of sexual assaults.
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