Uber drivers the focus of class action suit alleging sexual assault
16 November, 2017, 02:27 | Author: Katrina Soto
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".
The complaint notes how MA had initiated a stricter review of potential Uber drivers. Bustle has reached out to Uber for comment. Each alleges being sexually assaulted by Uber drivers who gave them rides home.
It claims Uber not only failed to warn passengers about its flawed background checks, but that it doesn't adequately track its drivers' conduct after they're hired. It further says that Uber targets intoxicated passengers as a safe ride for riders who have been drinking.
'Uber must make drastic changes to prevent another female rider from harm'. The suit alleges that Uber has been resorting to "wilful blindness in hiring and supervising drivers".
The lawsuit was filed by the NY firm Wigdor LLP, which is suing Uber in a separate case on behalf of a woman who was raped by an Uber driver in India.
The driver, Nimer Abdallah, carried the woman - who was barely conscious after having two drinks - upstairs to her apartment and allegedly raped her, the lawsuit states. "Nothing meaningful has been done to make rides safer for passengers - especially women".
"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. The complaint goes on to allege that Uber has willingly created a culture for bad actors to have access to innocent victims. But it stopped short of requiring ride-sharing companies to submit drivers to fingerprint background checks conducted by the government. Uber has also installed dashboard cameras in cars in South Africa, following numerous reports of rape in the country.
Uber recently pledged $5 million in funding for programmatic partnerships focused on sexual assault prevention, and added in a November blog post that it would implement "employee education and training".
Uber on the other hand is not required to meet that standard since it is not required to be licensed as a private transportation carrier, claims the complaint.
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