Women Claiming Assault Sue Uber Over Driver-Screening Practices

Women Claiming Assault Sue Uber Over Driver-Screening Practices

Women Claiming Assault Sue Uber Over Driver-Screening Practices

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.

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

The lawsuit suggests a few ways in which Uber can better address sexual violence and harassment against women after it has already occurred.

The women claim that while patronizing the ride-sharing company, drivers sexually assaulted them. 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".

"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 lawsuit reads. Jane Doe 1 claims that a Uber driver in Miami who had previously been charged with a felony carried her to her bed upon driving her home. Jane Doe 2 alleges that an Uber driver "forced her to engage in intercourse against her will" after following her into her home.

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This type of an accusation is familiar to Uber, which was sued by a woman in India who said that her driver not only raped her but that executives at Uber illegally obtained medical records of hers when then tried to discredit her. Uber must make drastic changes to prevent another female rider from harm. "Uber has created a system for bad actors to gain access to vulnerable victims".

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". "And based on the reports, were there investigations that actually resulted in the termination of a driver?"

The lawsuit also gets into other controversies facing Uber.

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.

It seeks safety measures including driver background checks using fingerprints and a panic button for the Uber app that alerts the company and police.

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