Uber and Lyft End Mandatory Arbitration in Sexual Assault Cases
Uber and Lyft End Mandatory Arbitration in Sexual Assault Cases

Ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft are both lifting the arbitration requirement for sexual assault claims. Victims can now pursue their claims in court, or they can opt for mediation or arbitration if they prefer to maintain privacy.

Earlier this month, 14 women who were allegedly assaulted by their Uber drivers sent a letter to the company asking for their cases to be heard in court, instead of handled through arbitration. In response, the company’s chief legal officer stated on Uber’s website that sexual assault and harassment survivors would now be free to choose their venue for pursuing their claims. Lyft followed up with its own announcement that it would remove the mandatory arbitration requirement for sexual assault claims.

Arbitration clauses in contracts have been a hot topic of discussion in recent months. These agreements are particularly troubling in cases of sexual assault, as their confidential nature can keep predators protected.

Uber Adds More Safety Features to App

Uber has introduced several other safety features designed to prevent these assaults from happening. The app now has a 911 emergency button, as well as a new feature that allows riders to inform their friends about their Uber trips. Uber has also promised to strengthen the background check process for its drivers.

“These measures are a step in the right direction to address the issue of ridesharing safety,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, El Centro, and Yucca Valley, and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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