Uber Technologies Inc. A preliminary agreement was reached Thursday with a California regulator to share information on sexual harassment and harassment claims on its platform, avoiding victims’ privacy and avoiding 59 million in fines.
The fine would be reduced to ,000 150,000 under a proposed filing proposal to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), but Uber would pay 9 9 million to support a state-funded loss and help create industry-wide safety and reporting standards.
Tony West, Uber’s chief legal officer, said in a statement: “We have been able to find a way to protect the privacy and agency of survivors of sexual harassment.”
The CPUC fined Uber in December after the company refused to share victims’ details, including full names and contact information, arguing that doing so would violate their right to privacy.
2019 Safety Report
The controversy stems from a safety report released in December 2019, which published 2,000,000 reports of sexual abuse related to 2.3 billion trips to the United States in 2017 and 2018.
The report aims to reassure drivers and the public that Uber is serious about safety. Rival Healing Company Left Inc. A similar report promised but said it would wait for the CPUC system to be finalized before the data is released.
The proposed Uber deal, a division of the CPUC and an anti-sexual harassment group, would provide Uber with anonymous information on past incidents of torture at the agency.
Going forward, Uber will also provide anonymous information, but all Ride-Hill companies operating in California, including the offer lift, must comply with those future data requests if an individual chooses to contact CPUC when they make a claim.
The agreement is subject to the approval of the administrative judge and the full commission.