Uber Faces Lawsuits from Female Passengers Who Allege Rape

Ivan Schwartz
November 16, 2017

Once again the globally renowned ride-hailing service, Uber is facing a lawsuit by two women, asking the court to force the company to change its driver screening and other practices on behalf of all US riders.

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. Uber says it runs background checks on its drivers, including motor vehicle record (MVR) reviews and criminal background checks.

The women claim that they are not the only ones-that drivers have been using their rail-hailing services as a platform to sexually assault and harass more than 1,000 riders.

Uber said that it was reviewing the court complaint and that the allegations were important to them and are taken seriously.

The court complaint alleges that Uber does everything it can to continue its use of low cost, inadequate background checks for drivers and failed to properly monitor drivers for any inappropriate or violent conduct once they become hired.

Uber Faces Lawsuits from Female Passengers Who Allege Rape

A lawsuit has been filed against Uber in San Francisco by female riders who came forward saying they were raped, or sexually assaulted by drivers employed by the company. "Nothing meaningful has been done to make rides safer for passengers - especially women". "The lawsuit claims that "thousands of female passengers have endured unlawful conduct by their Uber drivers" over the past seven years". "Uber has created a system for bad actors to gain access to vulnerable victims". Jane Doe 2 alleges that an Uber driver "forced her to engage in intercourse against her will" after following her into her home.

"A litany of incidents regarding sexual assaults, and physical assaults, by Uber drivers on passengers, shows a pattern of similarly heinous, but avoidable attacks", the lawsuit states.

In addition to compensation for the alleged rapes that these women suffered, the women are asking the judge to order a directive against Uber to force the company to implement various policies like more strict background checks on its drivers.

The company simultaneously announced that it was committing $5 million over five years to fund sexual assault and domestic violence "prevention initiatives".

The lawsuit hits Uber months after the company over the treatment of women in its corporate offices.

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