Salon.com turns to employment attorney Andrea Downing for insights on Uber’s public troubles. The rideshare company will no longer force into arbitration those who claim they have been sexually assaulted or harassed by Uber drivers. The move is intended to reduce the culture of silence around sexual violence. The popular web publication asks Downing if Uber’s move will help the company rehab its tarnished reputation.

The company’s move is a “step in the right direction,” says Downing. “If it thoroughly investigates such allegations, and takes decisive corrective action without protracted litigation where the allegations are founded, that will show that Uber is standing strong against sexual harassment and assault.”

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