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Female Passengers Sue Uber for Alleged Violence and Rape by Drivers

16 November 2017, 01:39 | Kenneth Drake

Uber Hit With Another Sexual Assault Lawsuit

Uber cars appear in San Francisco Calif. in this undated image

An anonymous Uber rider is suing the company in California Superior Court, claiming that Uber did not take sufficient measures to protect her from a driver who allegedly raped her on November 11, 2016.

Uber continues to face scrutiny over its background check policies, this time in the form of a class-action lawsuit started by two unidentified women, who allege that they were sexually assaulted by Uber drivers.

It goes on to say that Uber has failed to address the assault allegations by enforcing stricter regulations on drivers, but instead has prioritized keeping operating costs low for the company.

The lawsuit, which was filed on Tuesday, claims that Uber doesn't adequately screen its drivers and misleads consumers about the service's safety and insurance coverage, placing thousands of women at risk.

The complaint notes how MA had initiated a stricter review of potential Uber drivers.

The women claim that they were sexually assaulted by their Uber drivers, and claim that the company engaged in "unlawful, fraudulent and unfair practices", such as duping them into believing that the drivers would safely bring them to their respective destinations. The suit alleges that this culture has spilled over into the way Uber treats its passengers, especially female passengers, and says the number of reported sexual assults and rapes of female passengers by male Uber drives "has skyrocketed in the last several years". According to court papers, the taxi-app firm's screening methods are so inadequate that they encourage a system that gives sexual predators full access to vulnerable victims.

Complaints about the validity of Uber's background checks is nothing new, of course.

"This is no longer an issue of "rogue" drivers who act unlawfully", reads the suit.

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

"The lawsuit seeks possible remedies to the abuse, including requiring all Uber drivers to undergo in person screenings, installing video cameras in all Uber cars, performing national background checks on drivers every six months, etc". The Uber driver was charged with "Rape by use of drugs".

The two women, who were not named in the lawsuit, are not only seeking damages for their alleged rapes; they want the company to take steps to prevent this from happening again.

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