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Uber ends mandatory arbitration for sexual assault and harassment claims

[JURIST] Uber announced [press release] on Tuesday that they will no longer require claims of sexual assault and sexual harassment committed by Uber riders, drivers or employees to be resolved through arbitration.

Uber stated that sexual assault and sexual harassment survivors will have the choice to bring claims through mediation, arbitration or through open court. Uber also stated that sexual assault and sexual harassment survivors will not be required to enter non-disclosure agreements or confidentiality provisions and will be able to discuss any facts regarding what has happened to them. Uber will also begin publishing a safety transparency report which will include safety and sexual assault. Uber is working with several groups to determine the best method on how to categorize incidents.

Uber announced they have added a feature to the Uber app that allows riders to share their live trip information with up to five trusted contacts, and will be implementing an emergency button in the app that will alert 911 of the car's location.

Lyft has also stated [Axios report] that they will be ending the requirement for arbitration and confidentiality agreements regarding sexual assault and will be working with Uber to establish a framework for the safety transparency report.

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