Uber sued over alleged sexual assaults by 550 women. It is reported that women across the united states allege being ‘kidnapped, sexually assaulted, sexually battered, raped, falsely imprisoned, stalked, harassed or otherwise attacked by uber drivers.’
Uber Sued Over Alleged Sexual Assaults by 550 Women
The ride-hailing company Uber has been sued by 550 women claiming that they were allegedly sexually assaulted, harassed, or attacked by Uber drivers as per law firm Slater Slater Schulman.
The complaint was filed on Wednesday in San Francisco County Superior court and it alleges that 550 women all across various states of the united states including California, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania had been ‘kidnapped, sexually assaulted, sexually battered, raped, falsely imprisoned, stalked, harassed or otherwise attacked by Uber drivers.’
And in addition to the current 550 women involved in the civil suit, additional 150 cases are being looked into by the same lay company. The second US safety report by uber was released last month and it included 141 rape reports in 2020 alone.
Other Times Uber Was Sued For Sexual Assault
Uber was sued back in 2015 for sexual assault and it also faced additional allegations and reports of rape in 2018. The company’s first US safety report that was released in the latter parts of 2019 cited almost 500 rape reported cases in two years frame.
What the Legal Firm Handling the Case Has To Say
“While the company has acknowledged this crisis of sexual assault in recent years, its actual response has been slow and inadequate, with horrific consequences,” founding partner of Slater Slater Schulman, Adam Slater said. “There is so much more that Uber can be doing to protect riders: adding cameras to deter assaults, performing more robust background checks on drivers, creating a warning system when drivers don’t stay on a path to a destination.”
Ubers’ Safety Features
Uber added a couple of safety features to its platform in 2019 and this included the ability for users to text directly 911 responders. The platform and company has also included RideCheck which is a feature that pings both passengers and drivers in the event that it detects an unusually long stop or a crash.
Uber’s Response to the Law Suit
At the moment, uber has not responded to a comment saying that it cannot comment on an ongoing legal case.