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Lyft follows Uber's shift on sexual misconduct

Lyft follows Uber's shift on sexual misconduct

Uber's new approach represents a conciliatory step from CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.

In a fiercely competitive market, Uber's announcement has already triggered a bandwagon effect-hours later, Lyft also chose to scrap its forced arbitration and confidentiality agreements for assault victims."Today, 48 hours prior to an impending lawsuit against their company, Uber made the good decision to adjust their policies", Lyft said, not exactly taking the high road. The women also asked Uber to waive its arbitration clause. "However, the company decided in these personal and hard set of claims the company wanted to give survivors the choice to seek redress in the venue of their choice, whether that's mediation, arbitration, or open court". Uber is also doing away with the mandate that all settlements concerning sexual assault or harassment must be kept confidential.

"When I reported the situation, I was told by both HR and upper management that even though this was clearly sexual harassment and he was propositioning me, it was this man's first offense, and that they wouldn't feel comfortable giving him anything other than a warning and a stern talking-to, "she said. Whether to find closure, seek treatment, or become advocates for change themselves, survivors will be in control of whether to share their stories". It will publish a safety transparency report that will include data on sexual assaults and other incidents.

The modification comes 2 weeks after the reporter reported the outcomes of its examination, which discovered a minimum of 103 Uber motorists in the United States who have actually been implicated of sexually attacking or abusing their guests in the past 4 years.

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

"There's no question that Uber has a unique relationship to the issue of sexual harassment in particular because of Susan Fowler's blog", said Tony West, Uber's chief legal officer.

For a company with Uber's history, I'll believe it when I see it.

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. "This is the beginning of a longer process needed to meaningfully improve safety". Critics say the practice helps companies keep the issue of sexual violence quiet. (I deleted the app past year, after a driver found my phone number-through his trip history, I assumed-and repeatedly texted and called me.) Last month, Uber implemented a host of long-delayed safety features, such as an emergency-call button that connects a rider to a 911 operator and features real-time location data from the moving vehicle.

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