California fined Uber $ 59 million for answering questions about sexual harassment


A California judge on Monday imposed a $ 59 million fine on Uber Technologies Inc., and threatened to suspend its permits to operate in the state if the ride-haul fines within 30 days and answers questions from regulators Do not give.

Last December, an administrative law judge ordered Uber,
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To answer questions related to a long-awaited safety report from the California Public Utility Commission, which lists thousands of sexual assaults during the 2017-’19 ride. The CPUC, which controlled the ride-hailing in California, wanted more information about how the report was compiled, and specific details about the attacks so that they could be investigated by the state.

Uber refused to comply, claiming it would infringe on the privacy of victims, even though a judge earlier this year said the company could overturn the information under seal to protect privacy. The judge agreed on Monday that Uber could use signatures other than names to protect the anonymity of the victims.

“The CPU has been urging in our demands that we release full names and contact information of survivors of sexual assaults without their consent,” Uber said in a statement sent to Marketwatch. “We, along with the advocates of many victims, protested this vile violation of privacy. Now, a year later, CPUC has changed its tune: we can provide anonymous information – yet we are subject to a $ 59 million penalty for the CPU in which CPUC fundamentally changed.

A spokesperson for Uber said the company was figuring out its next steps.

In a 92-page ruling on Monday, CPUC Administrative Law Judge Robert Mason said Uber’s arguments are “factually and legally insufficient” and that CPC is legally entitled to information.

“Uber is wrong when it argues that compliance [with the previous rulings] Mason said the sexual harassment would violate the victim’s privacy which is designed to protect California law. “Instead of casting itself in the role of a victim of regulatory overreach, it is Uber who is part of the interruption that has prevented the commission from carrying out its regulatory, investigative and enforcement duties.”

The $ 59 million figure was based on a fine of $ 7,500 per violation, as Uber has failed to comply every day.

“Uber is a billion-dollar business that can easily pay off … even during an epidemic where riders have undoubtedly declined,” the order said.

Uber has a history of playing fast and loose with local laws and regulations, although current CEO Dara Khosroshahi has taken steps to curb the company’s behavior.

The judge’s order also noted that Uber’s track record of protecting confidential driver and passenger information has been “less than stellar”, citing 2016 data breaches that have left 57 million Uber users and drivers Accessed data at.

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