Uber, Lyft will let customers take sexual assault claims to court

16 May, 2018, 12:44 | Author: Franklin Nunez
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The motorists were jailed, are desired by authorities, or have actually been called in civil fits associated with the occurrences.

This investigation marks the first time that numbers have been included in relation to this issue. However, an Uber spokesman added that arbitration isn't necessarily bad. This could be anywhere from arbitration to mediation or an open court setting.

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.

Regardless of duplicated demands, the business has yet to consent to an on-camera interview with the reporter.

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West joined the company in October 2017, after a sting as associated attorney general in President Barack Obama's administration. "We think they're going to be disturbing because it is never easy to report sexual assault". Similar to the arbitration modification, this will apply to cases presently pending and cases progressing.

The lack of transparency about the number of incidents perpetrated by drivers has been a sticking point by victims in lawsuits.

" It's just by accounting and acknowledging [reports] that we are empowered to do something about it in decreasing the events of sexual assault", stated West.

Uber has been embroiled in a series of scandals for well more than a year - including allegations of unchecked sexual harassment within Uber's headquarters, as well as controversies over the treatment of drivers and alleged business practices that were shady at best. Now, in the U.S., Uber is waiving the requirement for these victims. Four police departments - Austin, Boston, Denver and Los Angeles - tracked crimes involving rideshare drivers and shared their data on sexual assault complaints. Uber is working with experts focused on sexual violence to come up with reporting standards. There's no public schedule yet for when Uber will launch that report.

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For a company with Uber's history, I'll believe it when I see it. "Once individuals understand we're counting and we're taking note then exactly what is a significantly unreported criminal offense today will end up being more reported- which's an advantage".

"Together, we can make meaningful progress towards ending sexual violence".

The Uber news was announced a day ahead of a court-mandated deadline for the company to respond to a proposed class action lawsuit filed by law firm Wigdor LLP on behalf of nine women accusing drivers of sexual assault. Uber stated the females will now have the option of bringing their specific attack declares to arbitration, meditation or open court. Other kinds of claims, like fraud or personal injury, will still need to go to an arbitrator. Khosrowshahi has vowed to "do the right thing", fix the damage from previous missteps and lure back alienated riders who defected to rivals such as Lyft.

Beyond Uber, there's been a push to cut down on using forced arbitration by companies.

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In addition to restricting class-action suits, Uber will still force users to keep certain settlement terms-for example, how much money they may or may not receive from Uber-confidential.

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