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Uber Ends Mandatory Arbitration for Sexual-Misconduct Cases

Uber announced Tuesday that customers and drivers will now be able to “file allegations of rape, sexual assault and harassment in courts and mediation,” instead of being forced into an arbitration process, according to The Guardian. In the company’s latest attempt to revamp its public image, the company is removing its policy of keeping all sexual-misconduct settlements confidential. The company announced it will also “publicly report incidents of alleged sexual misconduct” by the end of this year, which may result in “disturbing” numbers, according to Uber’s chief legal officer, Tony West. The company, which has a new chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, is still reeling from several negative reports—including allegations of “rampant sexual harassment in its workforce.”