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Uber ends forced arbitration for sex misconduct victims — but only for individuals

Uber ends forced arbitration for sex misconduct victims — but only for individuals

Technology
The rideshare company Uber announced Tuesday that it is doing away with a rule that forced arbitration on passengers and drivers who come forward claiming they've been sexually harassed or assaulted. But the move is drawing some criticism for applying only to individuals and not class-action suits. The policy shift was detailed in a letter titled "Turning the lights on" published on the company's site. Uber's Chief Legal Officer Tony West wrote that the company "will no longer require mandatory arbitration for individual claims of sexual assault or sexual harassment by Uber riders, drivers or employees." This update, he continued, will "give riders, drivers and employees options to continue taking accusations of harassment or assaults into arbitration, but also allow for a confidential...
Piven: 'I never forced myself on anyone'

Piven: 'I never forced myself on anyone'

Entertainment
Entourage star Jeremy Piven has denied fresh allegations of sexual misconduct, saying the claims are "false".The actor responded to a report about three women alleging decades-old inappropriate behaviour, saying: "I have never forced myself on anyone".One of the women claimed Piven had followed her into a trailer on a film set in 1985 and pinned her down on a couch, BuzzFeed News reported.Another said an encounter with Piven turned aggressive and left her feeling threatened, and that he had exposed himself to her.The third alleged Piven had pushed her against the wall of a hotel room and tried to force himself on her.The 52-year-old Mr Selfridge star said: "These allegations, which in one case goes back more than 30 years and the two others more than 20 years ago, are false."I have never f...
FTSE chiefs forced to heed average worker pay

FTSE chiefs forced to heed average worker pay

Business
Boardroom pay committees at public companies will be forced to show how remuneration is aligned between bosses and their employees under plans to be set out this week by regulators.Sky News has learnt that the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) will publish a consultation on revisions to the UK corporate governance code which will include giving remuneration committees a formal responsibility to demonstrate the alignment between boardroom and workforce pay.There will also be a requirement for boards to explain to their workforces how the decisions they have taken on executive packages reflect their overall pay ā€ˇpolicies.The plans, to be set out on Tuesday, will reflect growing pressure from ministers for the private sector to show greater restraint at a time when the pay packets of many wor