Uber recently introduced a host of safety-oriented features in the Uber app such as a safety center, trusted contacts and a 911 emergency button. The company also started testing a new privacy feature to stop drivers from seeing the exact pickup and drop-off location history of past trips.
Its latest change though is likely to draw bigger applause from human and women’s rights groups. Uber has now introduced an updated sexual assault and harassment policy which ends the controversial practice of mandatory arbitration for employees, riders, and drivers.
We took an important step forward in our commitment to safety and transparency today. And It will make us a better company. Turning the lights on https://t.co/xLjERUVo9h
— dara khosrowshahi (@dkhos) May 15, 2018
In the blog post penned by Uber’s Chief Legal Officer, Tony West, the company claims that it ‘will no longer require mandatory arbitration for individual claims of sexual assault or sexual harassment by Uber riders, drivers or employees.’