Friday, 17 November, 2017

Women Sue Uber Alleging Drivers Sexually Assaulted Them

A man arrives at the Uber offices in Queens New York U.S. Feb. 2 2017 Uber is facing a class action lawsuit from US riders alleging assault
Laurie Berry | 15 November, 2017, 02:23

USA Today reported that the women are alleging that Uber's lax screening of its drivers has subjected thousands of female passengers to a range of sexual harassment or sex assault.

The women seeking class-action status asked for compensation for suffering but also for a judge to order an injunction to force Uber to change its policies including implementing stricter driver background checks.

Christensen, Partner at Wigdor LLP, sent us the following statement about the claims.

The lawsuit, filed in the Northern District of California on Tuesday, is on behalf of women passengers who experienced "rape, sexual assault, physical violence or gender-motivated harassment" by Uber drivers. As alleged, the recent #MeToo campaign has exposed the heinous acts that female riders have been forced to endure during Uber rides.

The plaintiffs in the case call for more transparency from Uber's new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, who recently overhauled the company's values to include: "We do the right thing".

"Instead, 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", it adds.

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The women claim that while patronizing the ride-sharing company, drivers sexually assaulted them. "These allegations are important to us and we take them very seriously".

An Uber spokesperson said: "Uber received this complaint today and we are in the process of reviewing it". According to the suit, the company through which Uber runs background checks is more cursory and only goes back seven years into an applicants history.

The suit was filed by Wigdor LLP, a NY law firm that has previously represented women who were allegedly victims of sexual violence at the hands of Uber drivers.

Uber has also been in contact with the Federal Bureau of Investigation after it turned out that the recent NY terror suspect was one of its drivers. The company was banned from New Delhi in 2014 after a driver allegedly raped one of his passengers.

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.

This lawsuit comes as the ride-hail company is working to revamp its image after a tumultuous year wrought with public scandals.

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