The company also will not force survivors of sexual harassment or assault to sign nondisclosure agreements that prohibit them from talking about their experience, and the company promises to publicly release data about sexual assaults that are connected to Uber rides. These drivers have been arrested, are wanted by police or have been named in civil suits in relation to the incidents. It was the very first time that numbers have actually been put to the problem. "This will not be the last issue Uber has to clean up to show it is dealing with all issues so that customers will trust the brand".
Last month, Katherine and Lauren were among 14 female victims who sent an open letter to Uber's board, pointing to the company's own sexual harassment problems and the #MeToo movement. West added, "I want to thank (CNN) for the reporting that you've done on this issue".
Last month, Uber announced that they would start performing annual criminal background checks on US drivers, hire a company to constantly monitor criminal arrests and add a 911 button to get help in case of emergency.
The San Francisco company is also scrapping a policy requiring all settlements of sexual misconduct to be kept confidential.
The move is effective immediately, the company said, and applies to all cases now pending against the company. The absence of openness about the variety of events committed by motorists has actually been a sticking point by victims in suits, which declare Uber aims to hide the true scope of the issue from its consumers. After Gothamist reached out to ask about the policy, a spokeswoman said that they "agree with the changes" Uber made and will do the same. "We wish to bring these numbers exposed". We must demand that our federal and state legislatures pass laws that ban forced arbitration in all cases of discrimination and harassment.
Uber has faced questions about how often its drivers assault or harass passengers. "It is not something we will be able to solve on our own."On Tuesday, following Uber's announcement, Lyft said it would work with Uber to release comparable data". Four drivers have been convicted.
It may also spur more complaints.
In the meantime, the fate of many of those women's assault cases is far from clear.
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They can "tell their story wherever and however they see fit", West said. "Once people know we're counting and we're paying attention then what is a vastly unreported crime today will become more reported - and that's a good thing".
The company said it did not have an estimate of how much the change will cost and declined to say how many harassment and discrimination cases it has pending.
The shift announced Tuesday will allow riders and drivers to file allegations of rape and other sexual misconduct in courts and mediation instead of being locked into an arbitration hearing.
The move by the world's largest ride-hailing service comes after several high-profile scandals and is a step in the right direction, according to several legal experts, but does not address class action lawsuits.
The court had given Uber until Wednesday to say whether it would require the women to submit their claims to arbitration.
However, she noted that Uber was still seeking to compel arbitration for certain claims in the pending class-action suit.
Beyond Uber, there's been a push to cut down on using forced arbitration by companies. In his blog post, West said the company met with more than 80 women's groups to develop appropriate data-collection strategies.
Still, getting rid of forced arbitration is "a start", Christensen said.