Ride-hailing companies Uber Technologies Inc and Lyft Inc scrapped mandatory arbitration to settle sexual harassment or assault claims, giving victims several options to pursue their claims including public lawsuits.
Instead, the ride-sharing company will allow victims - including passengers, drivers and employees - to choose the venue in which they want to resolve such claims. Uber's ride-hailing service will give its US passengers and drivers more leeway to pursue claims of sexual misconduct, its latest attempt to reverse its reputation for brushing aside bad behavior. He was hired last August amid a wave of revelations and allegations about internal sexual harassment, a cover-up of a massive data breach, dirty tricks and stolen trade secrets.
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.
There is no publicly available data for the number of sexual assaults by Uber, Lyft, or other rideshare companies. The women will have to bring other claims in the suit, including unfair business practices, to an arbitrator.
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Uber's decision on Tuesday 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.
But she said in a written statement Tuesday that Uber continues to fight against class-action status for the 14 women she represents, showing it is "not fully committed to meaningful change" because victims are more likely to pursue claims as part of a group.
The new policy is one of a number of changes made by new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, who also is tightening driver screenings and enhancing its app so customers can have more trusted contacts able to follow each trip and a new emergency button that automatically dials 911.
It may also spur more complaints.
The firm's behavior prompted a grass-roots campaign urging riders to #DeleteUber, the Times said. "I want to thank (CNN) for the reporting that you've done on this issue".
Uber said they will also disclose data on sexual assaults and other incidents to "foster accountability", but as of now, no time frame has been set to release that report.