San Francisco — Uber said it would let sexual assault and harassment victims sue the company in court, and plans to release data on sexual violence and other dangerous incidents that occurred on its ride-hailing service. Previously, Uber’s terms of service barred sexual assault victims — and other potential litigants — from pursuing their claims against Uber in open court, redirecting their cases to private arbitration. Now, in the US, Uber is waiving the requirement for these victims. They will still be free to opt for arbitration or mediation if they prefer to resolve the matter privately. Uber will still seek to enforce other types of litigants to engage behind closed doors. And like other complainants, sexual assault victims will continue to be barred by the terms of service from banding together to bring class-action lawsuits against the company. The move comes amid the #MeToo movement, in which women have come forward with accounts of sexual harassment, assault and workplace m...

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