2 women sue Uber, allege sexual assault by drivers

Uber Hit With Another Sexual Assault Lawsuit

Internal customer support documents obtained from Uber in 2016 showed that more than 6,000 driver or rider complaints include the term "sexual assault", although Uber claims the actual number of assaults is far lower.

Two women are suing Uber for allegedly misrepresenting the safety of its platform.

One of the lawsuit's primary complaints is that Uber fails to do adequate background checks on drivers. 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.

A spokesperson for Uber told ABC News that the company is now reviewing the lawsuit, and that the company takes the allegations seriously. "The lawsuit claims that "thousands of female passengers have endured unlawful conduct by their Uber drivers" over the past seven years".

The lawsuit follows a proposed class action lawsuit filed Tuesday against Uber asking the ride-sharing company to change its screening practices for drivers on behalf of all USA riders who were "subject to rape, sexual assault or gender-motivated violence or harassment by their Uber driver in the last four years". "Specifically, drivers have the means and opportunity to veer off route without detection, trap passengers inside their vehicles and commit physical and sexual violence without witnesses", the suit reads. The suit also takes issue with Uber's marketing of ride-hailing as safe transportation for people who have been drinking. One executive who was ousted was about a woman who was raped during an Uber ride in India. He was arrested and charged with two counts of sexual battery, and Uber refunded her $9.51 for the ride.

Uber's image has been tarnished by findings of sexual harassment of employees and multiple reports of drivers assaulting passengers.

The driver Miguel, whose last name is unknown, allegedly sexually assaulted her in the auto, followed her into her home and forced her to have sex with him before leaving, the lawsuit states.

Attorney Jeanne M. Christensen from Wigdor LLP, which filed the lawsuit, called upon Uber to publish an in-depth report about the sexual assault and harassment experienced by passengers.

The other plaintiff, a Los Angeles resident, was also intoxicated when she booked an Uber ride to take her home from a restaurant in January 2017.

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