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Former Uber engineer sues, tests new sex-based claims policy

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A former software engineer at Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.To request UL] filed a lawsuit on Monday in front of the ride-hailing service, on Monday, they are subjected to years of sexual harassment and subjected to retaliation suits for the.

The lawsuit by Ingrid avendaño offers an early test of Uber, the new policy allows people who claim to follow the sexual harassment and sexual assault, their claims before a court, rather than forced arbitration.“Uber is moving in a new direction,” including through the implementation of a new salary and equity-structure, overhaul, performance reviews, and the publication of the “diversity and inclusion” report and improve training for thousands of employees, the San Francisco-based company said in a statement.

In her complaint, avendaño said that while working for Uber from Feb. 2014 to June 2017, they experienced a “male-dominated culture, steeped in degrading, marginalizing, discriminatory, sexually harassing behavior against women.”

Avendaño said that men would openly discuss, they wanted to have sex and share explicit content in instant-messaging, while some made inappropriate comments about her appearance.

But, she said, displayed an “entrenched ignore” for female employees, even by ignoring an incident at a Las Vegas retreat, when a drunken male colleague immoral, you touched on the thigh.

Avendaño said About retaliation against her complaints by denying promotions and salary increases, what is their low performance ratings and subject them to a hard work. She said her health deteriorated, leading to her resignation.

“For years, they wanted to achieve a safe and just space for you to work for yourself and the other female employees,” avendaño lawyer Jennifer Schwartz, a partner at Outten & Golden, said in a statement.

Uber changed announced the forced-arbitration policy to 15, and the rival Lyft Inc., a similar change.

Earlier Monday, the U.S. Supreme court said, requires companies in the employment contracts, to provide that workers, rather than class of track-action claims over workplace matters.

In March, About 10-million-Dollar settlement, a proposed class-action lawsuit alleging discrimination against more than 400 women and minorities. Avendaño decided not to join, to complain of the settlement, the decision, on your own.

Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi has since its August futures to improve tried, the image of the company, including by punching his reputation as a tolerant of chauvinism.

Avendaño, who is Hispanic, seeks compensatory and PUNITIVE DAMAGES for gender bias, racial bias and harassment claims. You filed your complaint with the California Superior Court in San Francisco.