Harassment, Assault, Amy Scott discussed on Marketplace

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Sexual harassment and assault claims employees drivers and riders will no longer be forced into arbitration a process that critics say often favors corporations and that means cases of alleged sexual assault by drivers or other issues can go to court uber's main rival lift also got rid of binding arbitration policies and both companies said they will no longer require that settlements of sexual misconduct claims be kept confidential marketplace's amy scott has more this week uber launched a new ad campaign it's time to move in a new direction part of that new direction is allowing alleged victims to take sexual misconduct claims to court uber's chief legal officer tony west says the company will also publish data on sexual assaults we want survivors we want women to be encouraged to report these incidents so that we can take action and begin to prevent sexual assault from occurring in the first place microsoft has also dropped binding arbitration for sexual harassment claims ebony tucker is a paid adviser to uber with the national alliance to end sexual violence she hopes others will follow air is something to do said for large corporations saying the model for what their industry is on the policy change could open uber too expensive lawsuits says cornell labor relations professor alexander kovin on the other hand they're probably suffering ready from the bad publicity and as uber aims for an ipo next year it's under pressure to rebuild its reputation myra goo is director of workplace equality at the national women's law center there's increasing public attention to this issue from all sorts of stakeholders including consumers and shareholders ragu points out uber's new policy only applies to sexual misconduct claims of racial discrimination.

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