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Trial Begins For Dallas Uber Driver Accused Of Sexual Assault

Trial Begins For Dallas Uber Driver Accused Of Sexual Assault

Uber announced that victims will also have the option to settle their claims without a confidentiality provision, highlighting their push to "end the culture of silence that surrounds sexual violence".

If an Uber passenger complained about being sexually assaulted or harassed by a driver, the company previously had a policy that required a mandatory arbitration meeting before making a decision.

Uber, like many companies, has a clause in its user agreement - and its employment contract - that requires a person to waive his or her constitutional right to take Uber to court. The females will need to bring other claims in the fit, consisting of unreasonable service practices, to an arbitrator. Some legal experts say that forced arbitration shuts consumers out of the justice system, by denying them the right to sue.

The pressure on Uber to change its policy included an open letter that the 14 women in the class-action suit sent to the company's board of directors last month.

The move comes amid the #MeToo movement, in which women have come forward with accounts of sexual harassment, assault and workplace mistreatment.

The "Moving Forward" spot is thin on specifics, but Khosrowshahi-who succeeded former CEO Travis Kalanick previous year amid complaints about the company's culture and business practices-says, "It's time to move in a new direction".

"Anything else that is not sexual assault or sexual harassment, those will be typically subject to arbitration and".

Two weeks ago, Connecticut Sen. He was hired last August amid a wave of revelations and allegations about rampant sexual harassment in Uber's workforce, a cover-up of a massive data breach, dirty tricks and stolen trade secrets.

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Victims can now decide whether or not to pursue their case in open court or through mediation or arbitration, he wrote.

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.

Jeanne Christensen, the attorney representing the women who wrote the letter, says Uber's policy change caught her by surprise.

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. She said this is the "beginning of a longer process needed to meaningfully improve safety".

At least 31 drivers have been convicted for crimes ranging from forcible touching and false imprisonment to rape, and dozens of criminal and civil cases are pending, CNN found.

But "we have learned it's important to give sexual-assault and harassment survivors control of how they pursue their claims", Uber's chief legal officer, Tony West, said in a statement. In his blog post, West said the company met with more than 80 women's groups to develop appropriate data-collection strategies.

Lyft, a rival auto service, had similar terms of service requiring passengers to use arbitration.