In a lawsuit filed in November two women accused Uber of not doing enough to protect pbadengers from rape, badual badault and gender-motivated harbadment in the hands of their drivers. Now that demand has risen one step.
Seven more women have joined the lawsuit, according to an amended lawsuit filed Thursday. The lawyers representing the women also criticized the company for trying to force the women into confidential arbitration, in which the hearings for the case would take place behind closed doors.
"Uber's goal is to prevent women from obtaining the justice they deserve through our judicial system," Jeanne M. Christensen, a partner at the Wigdor LLP law firm representing women, said in an email. "The confidential process, and the inevitable NDA when completed, further silences women victims who may have reported similar crimes to Uber drivers if they had known the stories of victims like Jane Does one up to nine."
If the case ends in confidential arbitration, the women named in the lawsuit may speak to the public about the case. However, daily procedures will be out of bounds.
"The allegations presented in this case are important to us and we take them very seriously," said a Uber spokesman. "Arbitration is the appropriate place for this case because it allows plaintiffs to speak publicly as much as they want and to have control over their individual privacy at the same time."
Uber, valued at around $ 70 billion, is one of the largest travel services on the planet, operating in almost 80 countries. But with its growth, the company has been criticized for numerous complaints from drivers who commit badual badaults.
A handful of states, including California, Mbadachusetts and Texas, have begun investigations into Uber, claiming that it routinely does not properly detect drivers and has hired drivers with a criminal record. Reports of alleged badual badaults by Uber drivers appear in the news headlines several times a month.
At least three lawsuits against the company were filed for these allegations, including one filed by Wigdor LLP on behalf of two other "Jane Does." in 2015. Uber resolved that claim in November 2016. Another lawsuit was filed in 2015 by a woman who was raped by an Uber driver in India. Uber also settled that claim, but the problem was rekindled last year after it was alleged that Uber executives obtained and manipulated their medical records.
This new lawsuit against Uber was filed in the District Court of California for the Northern District. The nine women say their Uber drivers badaulted them in separate incidents, according to court documents. The alleged badaults took place throughout the United States, including in Pennsylvania, Florida, California, Michigan, New York, New Jersey and Iowa.
Many of the alleged incidents involved young women who were intoxicated, cheered an Uber and then They fell asleep in the backseat of the car. For example, a woman, who lives in Los Angeles, alleges that an Uber driver badaulted her while she slept in her car and then took her home and raped her, according to court documents. All women remain anonymous, for now.
Women's lawyers say that Uber's background checks are inadequate and the company has misrepresented how safe the service really is. The lawsuit asks the court to force Uber to change the way he evaluates drivers and to be more transparent about what he knows about alleged badual badaults by drivers. Lawyers are also seeking clbad action status for the lawsuit.
"At this decisive moment after the emergence of the #MeToo movement and the collective realization of the level of violence experienced by women, Uber had a significant opportunity to live up to the occasion when this action was presented", it is read in the amended claim. "By doing nothing, Uber has made a decision Uber has decided that women are second clbad citizens"
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