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Uber Will No Longer Force Victims of Sexual Assault Into Arbitration

Uber announced Tuesday that it will no longer force into arbitration passengers who allege that they have been sexually assaulted or harassed by the rideshare company's drivers -- something Uber says was previously required under its terms of service, reports CNNMoney (May 15, O'Brien). Instead, Uber will permit victims of sexual violence -- including riders, drivers and employees -- to select the venue in which they want to pursue redress of their claims, whether that's arbitration, mediation, or open court. "The change comes two weeks after CNN reported the results of its investigation, which found at least 103 Uber drivers in the United States who have been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing their passengers in the past four years," notes the network. It marked the first time that numbers have been put to the issue.

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