Lyft Says It Won't Force Misconduct Cases Into Arbitration Anymore


They're also saying goodbye to NDAs, and won't force sexual assault survivors to sign them, which would make them unable to speak publicly about their experiences.

"The last 18 months have exposed a silent epidemic of sexual assault and harassment that haunts every industry and every community", Tony West, Uber's chief legal officer, wrote in a blog post on Uber's website.

Uber announced Tuesday that its new policies would include the publishing of "a safety transparency report that will include data on sexual assaults and other incidents that occur on the Uber platform". The females will need to bring other claims in the fit, consisting of unreasonable service practices, to an arbitrator. Some legal experts say that forced arbitration shuts consumers out of the justice system, by denying them the right to sue. The case has since expanded, with nine women making up a class-action lawsuit, she said. "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".

Two weeks ago, Connecticut Sen.

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

Uber, which has formally responded in court, said the women will now have the choice of bringing their individual assault claims to arbitration, meditation or open court.

In a statement, Lyft applauded Uber for its "good decision".

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A spokeswoman for Raliance stated that giving victims of sexual assault more options sends an important message that Uber is taking the issue more seriously. "Victims are more likely to come forward knowing they can proceed as a group". She said this is the "beginning of a longer process needed to meaningfully improve safety". This move comes two weeks after CNN published a report that found at least 103 Uber drivers in the US have been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing their passengers in the last four years.

A minimum of 31 motorists have actually been founded guilty for criminal offenses varying from forcible touching and unlawful imprisonment to rape, and lots of criminal and civil cases are pending, the reporter discovered.

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.

But no more, says Uber.

Uber has faced questions about how often its drivers assault or harass passengers.

As part of its investigation, CNN also contacted more than 20 police departments to obtain data on complaints that involved Uber and Lyft drivers and sexual assault.