Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Uber Hit With a Class Action Lawsuit Over Sexual Assault Claims

Uber Hit With a Class Action Lawsuit Over Sexual Assault Claims

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.

"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 legal complaint reads, according to Recode.

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

The women, who are remaining anonymous, argue that due to an alleged lack of proper, thorough screenings by workers, certain customers of the service have been "subject to rape, sexual assault or gender-motivated violence or harassment by their Uber driver in the last four years". It further says that Uber targets intoxicated passengers as a safe ride for riders who have been drinking. 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".

In addition to asking a court to mandate that Uber implement fingerprint background checks - a measure the company has vehemently opposed - the plaintiffs are asking a judge to order Uber to perform national criminal background checks on its drivers every six months, bar registered sex offenders or people with rape or assault convictions from driving from Uber no matter how long ago it was, and other measures.

A spokesperson for Uber responded to the lawsuit, telling us, "Uber received this complaint today and we are in the process of reviewing it".

We've embedded the legal complaint below.

The complaint contends that Uber is putting thousands of women at risk of being attacked by Uber drivers because the company has prioritized growth over safety.

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

Uber employs two million drivers worldwide, so it's inevitable that some of them will go on to commit crimes.

Reviews of Uber driver applications by two U.S. states, Maryland and MA, have led to rejections of thousands more applications than under Uber's own system. The company fired 20 employees this year after a wide-ranging investigation into its climate and workplace culture after former employee Susan Fowler detailed how her sexual harassment complaints were ignored by management and human resources employees for a year - and reports abounded about widespread sexual harassment at the company.

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