Lawyers seek group suit over alleged Uber sex assaults

Uber is facing a class action lawsuit from US riders alleging assault

Lawyers seek group suit over alleged Uber sex assaults

Each alleges being sexually assaulted by Uber drivers who gave them rides home.

The women say they were assaulted by their drivers and claim the ride-hail company has engaged in unlawful and "fraudulent" conduct that misled them into believing their drivers would safely transport them.

States have tried to force Uber's hand on the issue to no avail. The accusers are seeking compensation for the alleged offenses and have requested the judge grant an injunction against Uber that requires the company to implement stricter background checks on its drivers.

Two anonymous women filed a complaint against Uber in a Northern California district court on Tuesday, with hopes of attaining class-action status on behalf of customers in the US who were "subject to rape, sexual assault, physical violence or gender-motivated violence or harassment by their Uber driver in the last four years".

"In our complaint filed today against Uber, the allegations show that Uber's model of profits over safety has caused countless numbers of female riders to pay the price for Uber's shameless failure to act", the plaintiffs attorney said in a statement. The suit claims that this isn't a case of "rogue" drivers, but that Uber has created a system that allows for "bad actors to gain access to vulnerable victims".

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Two anonymous plaintiffs who were assaulted by Uber drivers filed the lawsuit. Nothing meaningful has been done to make rides safer for passengers - especially women.

Uber has always been under fire for its background check methods.

USA Today reported that the women are alleging that Uber's lax screening of its drivers has subjected thousands of female passengers to a range of sexual harassment or sex assault.

Earlier this year, a woman raped by an Uber driver in India sued the company.

The suit was filed by Wigdor LLP, a NY law firm that has previously represented women who were allegedly victims of sexual violence at the hands of Uber drivers. It is time for Uber to 'Do the right thing. Maryland, too, has conducted background checks on behalf Uber and Lyft and found that not all drivers pass its standards. It seeks safety measures including driver background checks using fingerprints and a panic button for the Uber app that alerts the company and police. Uber says the groups have helped it train 150 customer service agents for a team to deal with sexual assault reports.

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