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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...
Oxfam scandal: Boss urges victims to come forward

Oxfam scandal: Boss urges victims to come forward

World
Oxfam's most senior figure is urging victims of abuse to come forward as she promised "justice" and announced an independent commission to "root out" sex offenders.Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam International's executive director, offered an apology over a sex and prostitution scandal that she described as "a stain" on the charity.A series of allegations, first published by The Times a week ago, has seen senior Oxfam workers accused of soliciting prostitutes while overseeing aid operations around the world.The charity has also come under fire for its initial response after concerns about sexual exploitation were raised years ago, although it has denied covering up allegations in Haiti in 2011.Posting on Twitter, Ms Byanyima said: "I am inviting anyone who has been a victim of abuse to come forward...
This new financial cyberscam costs victims an average $130,000 for each attack

This new financial cyberscam costs victims an average $130,000 for each attack

Finance
If you get an email from a seemingly trusted source asking you to wire some money or share some sensitive information, it might be best to hit the delete button.That email just might be a phishing attempt in a business-email compromise scheme, or BEC — a new scam that's resulted in a $ 5.2 billion loss between Oct. 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2016, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.This latest twist on ripoffs was the subject of a Wednesday panel at TD Ameritrade's National LINC conference in Orlando.More from Investor Toolkit:New broker rules aim to curb elder fraud Cryptocurrency and taxes: What you need to know An $ 11 million opportunity: It's time to talk about estate planning"Your firm is always at risk," said Stephen Dougherty, a panelist and financial fraud investigator wi
HC directive to IRDA on enhancing accident cover for victims

HC directive to IRDA on enhancing accident cover for victims

Finance
The Madras High Court has directed the Insurance Regulatory Development Authority (IRDA) to enhance compulsory personal accident cover from Rs 1 lakh to not less than Rs 15 lakh, enabling vehicle owners paying premium to get adequate compensation in the event of death or bodily injury.A division bench comprising justices R Subbiah and A D Jagadish Chandira gave the order while allowing an appeal by United India Insurance Co. Ltd, Neyveli.Referring to an IRDA note in the policy, the judges said that the policy to compensate vehicle owners by virtue of the personal accident cover was introduced 15 years ago. In 2002, Rs one lakh envisaged under it might have been enough to meet medical expenses of the injured owner to a certain extent.However, 15 years had lapsed and medical treatment costs ...
We've had no help – epilepsy drug victims

We've had no help – epilepsy drug victims

Health
Families with children who have been harmed by the epilepsy drug sodium valproate are demanding a public inquiry and compensation, saying they have been left with no help. They voiced their anger outside a London hearing that is assessing if warnings for patients are adequate. It is thought thousands of children in the UK have been left with disabilities caused by valproate since the 1970s. Mum Emma Friedmann says she wasn't fully informed of the risks.Her son, Andrew, 18, has severe autism and other problems including hearing and sight problems. Emma was taking the drug when she got pregnant and carried on using it."I wasn't properly told about all the risks," says the 46-year-old from Leicester. "Andrew now needs full-time care, 24/7. Families like me need justice. We want a public inqu...