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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Uber’s ride-hailing service will give its U.S. passengers and drivers more leeway to pursue claims of sexual misconduct, its latest attempt to reverse its reputation for brushing aside bad behavior.
The shift announced Tuesday will allow riders and drivers to file allegations of rape and other sexual misconduct in courts and mediation instead of being locked into an arbitration hearing.
The San Francisco company is also scrapping a policy requiring all settlements of sexual misconduct to be kept confidential.
The new rules mark another conciliatory move made by Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. He was hired last August amid a wave of revelations and allegations about internal sexual harassment , a cover-up of a massive data breach , dirty tricks and stolen trade secrets .
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