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Uber Won't Force Sexual Misconduct Survivors Into Arbitration Anymore

The company said "it's important to give sexual assault and harassment survivors control of how they pursue their claims."
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Uber Won't Force Sexual Misconduct Survivors Into Arbitration Anymore

Uber won't force survivors of sexual misconduct into arbitration anymore. 

The company said in a statement Tuesday "it's important to give sexual assault and harassment survivors control of how they pursue their claims."

Previously, the company required arbitration for any individual claims by Uber riders, drivers or employees. It was even part of the company's Terms of Use agreement. Now, survivors can choose to pursue their claims in arbitration, mediation or open court.

Uber announced two other policy changes Tuesday. Survivors of sexual misconduct can also settle claims with Uber without having to sign a confidentiality agreement. 

And the ride-sharing company said it would start publishing a transparency report that will include "data on sexual assault and other incidents that occur on the Uber platform." It didn't say how often it would publish that report. 

Uber's announcement comes two weeks after CNN reported that 103 Uber drivers have been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing passengers in the last four years. It isn't clear if the announcement and report are related. 

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.