2 women sue Uber, alleging sexual assault by drivers


The new class action seeks to represent what it says are more than 1,000 riders in the United States-mainly women, although the complaint says it includes men as well-who have been raped, sexually assaulted or subjected to gender-based harassment by Uber drivers over the past four years. According to the suit, the company through which Uber runs background checks is more cursory and only goes back seven years into an applicants history.

Two unnamed women allegedly raped by Uber drivers sued the transit app biz today for sexual assault and unlawful business practices. The complaint also claims this supposed negligence creates a risky environment for customers who are often intoxicated and vulnerable when they use the service. As alleged, the recent #MeToo campaign has exposed the heinous acts that female riders have been forced to endure during Uber rides. It is time for Uber to "Do the right thing". The companies argued that fingerprint databases can be outdated and that the process would slow the hiring process. Maryland, too, has conducted background checks on behalf Uber and Lyft and found that not all drivers pass its standards.

Uber's approach to employment screening has raised the ire of cities beyond Austin. That is exacerbated by the company "targeting" intoxicated passengers with claims that Uber is a life-saving option for riders who've had a few drinks, the women allege. "Period." The ride sharing company said the specifics of the allegations are being reviewed.

The complaint describes several actions Uber could have taken to prevent assault, including barring registered sex offenders from driving on Uber permanently; requiring in-person screenings for drivers; installing video surveillance in Ubers; performing criminal background checks every six months; requiring drivers to tell Uber within 24 hours if they are indicted or charged with any felony involving violence or issued a restraining order related to domestic violence; and a host of other potential solutions.

As an example of the failings of Uber's background checks, the complaint cites the more than 8,000 drivers in MA who were pulled off the road after the state government made a decision to introduce more stringent screenings and reviewed the records of the 71,000 people who drove on Uber or Lyft. Uber says the groups have helped it train 150 customer service agents for a team to deal with sexual assault reports.