#N12BK: Uber ends policy of forced arbitration for sexual assault claims

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Uber announced Tuesday it will no longer seek to force arbitration against victims who claim sexual assault against the company. 

The announcement was made in a press release on the ride-hailing company's website by Chief Legal Officer Tony West.   

The press release read, "Uber is not immune to this deeply rooted problem, and we believe that it is up to us to be a big part of the solution. With that in mind, we're making some important changes today."

West goes on to write, "First, we will no longer require mandatory arbitration for individual claims of sexual assault or sexual harassment by Uber riders, drivers or employees."

Uber writes arbitration has an important role in the American justice system and hopes the move does not prevent survivors from speaking out about their experience.

The ride-booking service says survivors will also now have the option to settle their claims with Uber without a confidentiality provision that prevents them from speaking about the facts of the sexual assault or sexual harassment they suffered.

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