Last Updated on 03/12/2021 by Sanskriti
Uber had been ordered by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to pass over information regarding assaults and harassment, but it did not comply.
Uber will pay $9 million (£6.8 million) to resolve a complaint in California about its sexual assault and harassment reporting.
On Thursday, an agreement was approved between the California Public Utilities Commission, Uber, and the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, which is a non-profit corporation that collaborates with Uber on driver sexual misconduct training — will also fund passenger safety efforts.
Uber has to pay $5 million to the California Victim Compensation Board, $4 million to the state’s general budget for efforts to combat physical and sexual abuse in the ride-hailing sector and a $150,000 fine to the state.
In addition, the corporation pledged to submit any future statistics on sexual assault.
Uber has claimed that complying with requests to provide over the names and contact information of sexual assault victims without their agreement would be a violation of their privacy rights. RAINN, a nonprofit organization, filed similar petitions in favor of Uber. In following judgments, regulators altered the requests.
The agreement between Uber, the CPUC, and the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (Rainn) puts an end to a nearly two-year-long argument over whether Uber should send over information concerning reported events involving its drivers.
Uber claimed that making such information public would be upsetting for those who had been abused and would discourage future complaints – especially because the CPUC was requesting the identities of all “witnesses,” which would include those who had been assaulted.