To settle a sexual assault and harassment claim in California, Uber has agreed to pay $9 million.

When the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) requested that Uber send over information on assault and harassment, the company ignored the request. It was claimed by Uber at the time that victims would be subjected to a “shocking violation of privacy”.

Uber has agreed to pay $9 million to settle a sex assault claim.
Uber has agreed to pay $9 million to settle a sex assault claim.

According to the CPUC, the reduced fine will be used to promote passenger safety. The agreement between the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (Rainn), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and Uber brings an end to a debate that lasted over two years

Due in part to CPUC’s request for the names of all “witnesses,” which would include those assaulted, Uber asserted that providing such records publicly could be traumatizing for individuals who had been assaulted and discourage complaints in the future. It was Rainn who first voiced doubts about the California authorities’ ability to handle the private information in a responsible manner.