Uber will allow individuals to publicly file sex crimes claims

Uber will allow individuals to publicly file sex crimes claims

"We have learned it's important to give sexual assault and harassment survivors control of how they pursue their claims", the rideshare company said in a statement from its chief legal officer, Tony West.

The company is ending the controversial practice of forced arbitration for all of its employees, riders, and drivers, reports CNBC.

In early December, a bipartisan group of United States senatorsintroduced legislation to Congress that would void forced arbitration agreements in workplaces that silence victims of sexual harassment.

Khosrowshahi has been leading the effort to change Uber's company culture after allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination and bullying.

The trial begins today for a former North Texas Uber driver accused of sexually assaulting a passenger in 2015. To do so, it will develop a common taxonomy for how to classify sexual harassment and assault reports, which it plans to also make available to other companies.

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"So we're making it clear that Uber will not require confidentiality provisions or non-disclosure agreements to prevent survivors from talking about the facts of what happened to them".

As the #MeToo movement ousted powerful men across industries, Microsoft announced in December that it would allow employees to sue the company for sexual harassment, rather than handle the matter behind closed doors, and it encouraged other companies to do the same.

The legal overhaul puts Uber, which a year ago was regarded as one of the most toxic workplaces in Silicon Valley, at the forefront of a movement to change how sexual harassment is handled in corporate America. I will tell you that, when this data is actually published as part of the safety transparency report, I think those numbers are going to be disturbing.

Following CNN's investigation and the letter, Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from CT, challenged Uber's use of forced arbitration and in a letter to CEO Dara Khosrowshahi "respectfully requested" the company end the practice. The company gained a reputation for rampant sexism previous year after Susan Fowler, a former engineer, wrote a viral blog post about harassment and retaliation she said she faced on the job.

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