Uber sued by women who allege they were raped by drivers

Uber sued by women who allege they were raped by drivers

Uber sued by women who allege they were raped by drivers

Uber is facing group litigation over its safety practices after complaints of sexual assault committed by drivers.

"Nothing meaningful has been done to make rides safer for passengers-especially women", reads a lawsuit filed against Uber today.

Uber has yet another lawsuit on its hands.

In addition to compensation for the alleged rapes that these women suffered, the women are asking a judge to order an injunction against Uber that forces the company to, among other things, implement stricter background checks on its drivers.

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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.

Uber's image has been tarnished by findings of sexual harassment of employees and multiple reports of drivers assaulting passengers. "These allegations are important to us and we take them very seriously", Uber said in a statement. The company was banned from New Delhi in 2014 after a driver allegedly raped one of his passengers.

Uber has always been under fire for its background check methods.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of all USA riders who were "subject to rape, sexual assault, or gender-motivated violence or harassment by their Uber driver in the last four years".

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In the complaint, the women argue that Uber driver screenings only go back seven years. Uber must make drastic changes to prevent another female rider from harm.

The complaint argues that the victims' claims are not affected by arbitration clauses in Uber's terms of service with riders, because under California Supreme Court decisions, "Uber can not cause consumers to waive a statutory right to seek public injunctive relief in any forum".

In one instance, as Recode first revealed, a former executive got a hold of the medical files of a woman who was raped by her Uber driver in New Delhi, India. Maryland, too, has conducted background checks on behalf Uber and Lyft and found that not all drivers pass its standards.

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. Uber says the groups have helped it train 150 customer service agents for a team to deal with sexual assault reports.

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