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Uber, Lyft to drop arbitration requirements for sexual assault, harassment claims

The two leading ride-hailing companies said Tuesday they will no longer require sexual misconduct claims to go through a confidential arbitration process, allowing lawsuits to be filed in open court.

“First, we will no longer require mandatory arbitration for individual claims of sexual assault or sexual harassment by Uber riders, drivers or employees,” Tony West, Uber Technologies Inc.’s chief legal officer, said in a blog post. “Second, survivors will 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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