May 15, 2018 — Uber has ended its policy of forced arbitration for individual claims of sexual assault or sexual harassment by Uber drivers, passengers, or employees.
Uber is also ending a requirement that victims sign a confidentiality agreement to prevent them from speaking publicly about their sexual assault or harassment.
The changes will allow survivors to settle their claims with Uber without having to agree not to talk about their story publicly.
The changes were announced after a group of women complained about the policies after suffering sexual violence from Uber drivers.
Two weeks ago, CNN reported that at least 103 Uber drivers in the U.S. had been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing their passengers in the last 4 years.
Former Uber engineer Susan Fowler also urged CEO Dara Khosrowshahi to end the policy, saying:
“When you join these companies, they make you sign away your constitutional right to sue.”
Uber has also agreed to publish a “safety transparency report” that will include the number of sexual assaults and other incidents. Until now, the lack of transparency about the number of sexual assaults by Uber drivers has led victims to accuse Uber of downplaying the problem.
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