Uber and Lyft announced they are ending a long-standing practice of forcing survivors of driver on passenger sexual assault into mandatory arbitration. Uber and Lyft’s mandatory arbitration clauses required survivors of sexual assault to handle any suits arising therefrom out of court. This means survivors could not sue due to the terms of service in the app. Lyft maintained a similar practice.
Uber and Lyft announced they would drop a portion of their terms of service that restricted survivors of ride share driver sexual assault from filing lawsuits. Uber’s Chief Legal Officer, Tony West, stated “will no longer require mandatory arbitration for individual claims of sexual assault or sexual harassment by Uber riders, drivers or employees.”
A CNN report found at least 103 Uber drivers in the U.S. have been accused of sexual assault or abuse on passengers within the last 4 years. Dozens of convictions have occurred for crimes related to sexual assault or kidnapping.
Neither ride share company publicly reveals the number of drivers accused for assault, battery, or harassment on passengers, but pressure is mounting for the services to disclose more to the public. The companies’ previous practice of mandatory arbitration ensured these events did not become public.
Uber and Lyft’s negligent hiring practices and insufficient background checks on drivers have created easy opportunity for sexual and/or physical assault on passengers, particularly females. Our team of lawyers will protect the identity of any individual who has experienced such an event, and vigorously advocate to get them just compensation for what they endured.
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