Lawsuit filed against Uber by female passengers alleging rape, sexual assaults

Cornelia Mascio
Novembre 15, 2017

An Uber spokesperson said: "Uber received this complaint today and we are in the process of reviewing it".

The proposed class-action also lists a number of stories about other women accosted by Uber drivers, some of whom shared these details via Twitter under the hashtag #metoo, which is created to allow women to voice their stories of sexual assault and harassment. Earlier in November, Uber revealed that a terror suspect who drove into a bike path in NY passed a background check just months before the incident. As the lawsuit notes, "since a driver may be technically "off app" in these situations, Uber disclaims all responsibility for a driver's conduct".

It says the firm has resisted changes, such as more stringent background checks, that would improve passenger safety.

In the complaint, the women argue that Uber driver screenings only go back seven years. "These allegations are important to us and we take them very seriously", the company said.

Uber has yet another lawsuit on its hands.

Uber, along with Lyft, in fact left Austin in 2015 after the city council approved an ordinance that required the companies to use fingerprint-based background checks for their drivers. The state then made a decision to amend its background checks to include more applicants, but still refused to pass applicants with a history sexual assault, violent crime, or concerning driving records.

The complaint describes several actions Uber could have taken to prevent assault, including barring registered sex offenders from driving on Uber permanently; requiring in-person screenings for drivers; installing video surveillance in Ubers; performing criminal background checks every six months; requiring drivers to tell Uber within 24 hours if they are indicted or charged with any felony involving violence or issued a restraining order related to domestic violence; and a host of other potential solutions.

"In our complaint filed today against Uber, the allegations show that Uber's model of profits over safety has caused countless numbers of female riders to pay the price for Uber's shameless failure to act", the plaintiffs attorney said in a statement.

Uber is facing a class-action lawsuit over sexual assaults by drivers.

"To skirt state and local regulatory scrutiny, Uber labels itself a "technology platform" company rather than a "transportation" company", the complaint reads.

The lawsuit, which describes the details of the assaults faced by the two plaintiffs, seeks damages for plaintiffs and to force Uber to take steps to prevent assault by drivers.

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