Uber Agrees to Allow Sexual Assault Victims to Sue in Court

Uber Agrees to Allow Sexual Assault Victims to Sue in Court

Uber will now allow these victims to choose where and how they want to pursue restitution and justice whether that's through arbitration, mediation or open court, modifying what was previously written in its terms of service.

MWW PR chair reputation management and chief strategy officer Careen Winters says that Uber's new direction should remind communicators that doing the right thing is always a good move.

There is no openly offered information for the variety of sexual assaults by Uber chauffeurs or motorists of other rideshare business. the reporter's analysis originated from a thorough evaluation of authorities reports, federal court records and county court databases for 20 significant United States cities.

Before Uber made these changes, riders had to solve any claims on an individual basis through arbitration.

The San Francisco company is also scrapping a policy requiring all settlements of sexual misconduct to be kept confidential. We agree with the changes and have removed the confidentiality requirement for sexual assault victims, as well as ended mandatory arbitration for those individuals so that they can choose which venue is best for them. "Whether to find closure, seek treatment, or become advocates for change themselves, survivors will be in control of whether to share their stories".

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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 said on Tuesday it will release data on the number of sexual assaults on its service.

The changes concerning misconduct have come a month after Uber announced that it will carry out criminal background checks on its US drivers annually and add a 911 button for summoning assistance in case of emergencies; an effort to keep people from using its service to prey on possible victims. "This policy extends to passengers, drivers and Lyft employees", said Lyft spokesperson Alexandra LaManna in a statement on Tuesday.

For a company with Uber's history, I'll believe it when I see it.

The news came one day ahead of a court-mandated due date for Uber to react in a proposed class action suit submitted by law practice Wigdor LLP on behalf of 9 females implicating motorists of sexual assault.

Andy Gilman, president and CEO of CommCore Consulting Group, says that Uber is taking a step-by-step approach to improving its reputation, and that companies that have similar compulsory arbitration clauses have been put on notice. (I deleted the app previous year, after a driver found my phone number-through his trip history, I assumed-and repeatedly texted and called me.) Last month, Uber implemented a host of long-delayed safety features, such as an emergency-call button that connects a rider to a 911 operator and features real-time location data from the moving vehicle.

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