Uber drivers the focus of class action suit alleging sexual assault

Uber drivers the focus of class action suit alleging sexual assault

The women are requesting damages for their own alleged assaults along with an injunction against the company that would require it to conduct more rigorous background checks on its drivers and change other company practices.

The legal complaint, filed by Wigdor LLP on behalf of two plaintiffs, alleges that "thousands of female passengers have endured unlawful conduct by their Uber drivers including rape, sexual assault, physical violence and gender-motivated harassment".

Concerns about Uber's screening procedures for drivers have dogged the company for a number of years.

"Over the last seven years, Uber has done everything possible to continue using low-priced, woefully inadequate background checks on drivers and has failed to monitor drivers for any violent or inappropriate conduct after they are hired", the lawsuit states.

The complaint, filed in a U.S. district court in San Francisco, California, today seeks damages, stricter screening for drivers, insurance coverage for riders, and disclosure of the number of reports Uber has received about rapes, sexual assaults and gender-related harassment.

"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. It is time for Uber to "Do the right thing". Focusing on background checks, the lawsuit argues that Uber has created a system within which "bad actors can gain access to vulnerable victims".

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Uber said it was reviewing the lawsuit, according to The Washington Post. "These allegations are important to us and we take them very seriously".

We've embedded the legal complaint below.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, accuses Uber of repeatedly fighting efforts to improve customer safety in states across the country and names MA and Maryland as examples where its failures to adequately screen drivers were allegedly exposed.

Internal Uber customer support documents I previously obtained in 2016 showed that when searching the term "sexual assault" there were more than 6,000 driver or rider complaints that met that query.

Uber employs two million drivers worldwide, so it's inevitable that some of them will go on to commit crimes. The company was banned in New Delhi as a result of an alleged rape in that Indian city, and MA denied licenses to more than 8.000 Uber (and Lyft) drivers based on more stringent guidelines in the state.

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