A category motion lawsuit has been filed in opposition to Uber, claiming that the corporate hasn’t finished sufficient to tell the general public about alleged harassment and assault by drivers.
The authorized grievance, filed by Wigdor LLP on behalf of two plaintiffs, alleges that “thousands of female passengers have endured unlawful conduct by their Uber drivers including rape, sexual assault, physical violence and gender-motivated harassment.”
The doc means that Uber has taken shortcuts in its driver screening. “Uber has done everything possible to continue using low-cost, woefully inadequate background checks on drivers and has failed to monitor drivers for any violent or inappropriate conduct after they are hired.”
Jeanne M. Christensen, Partner at Wigdor LLP, despatched us the next assertion in regards to the claims.
“As alleged in the complaint filed today against Uber, the Company must come forward with information about how many reports it has received about rapes, sexual assaults and gender-motivated harassment to allow consumers to assess whether Uber really does provide safe rides, especially to women. Uber must make drastic changes to prevent another female rider from harm. 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. Period.”
The lawsuit claims that by labeling itself as a “technology” firm as a substitute of a “transportation” firm, that Uber has been in a position to keep away from costlier background checks.
A spokesperson for Uber responded to the lawsuit, telling us, “Uber received this complaint today and we are in the process of reviewing it. These allegations are important to us and we take them very seriously.”
We’ve embedded the authorized grievance beneath.
Earlier this 12 months, a girl raped by an Uber driver in India sued the corporate. That lawsuit alleged that Uber mishandled the incident and that firm executives improperly accessed her medical data as a result of it doubted her account of the incident.
Uber has additionally been involved with the FBI after it turned out that the latest New York terror suspect was one in every of its drivers. Another Uber driver allegedly picked up passengers between shootings.
Uber employs two million drivers worldwide, so it’s inevitable that a few of them will go on to commit crimes. But the severity of the above incidents have triggered some folks to query whether or not Uber is doing sufficient to display its drivers.
Uber asks its passengers to price its drivers on a five-point scale, some say it might be doing extra to encourage riders to report extra detailed issues. It’s unclear whether or not Uber acquired complaints particular to those drivers.
It’s been a tumultuous 12 months for the ridesharing firm. The fast-growing enterprise confronted a collection of issues associated to its public picture.
After a collection of authorized conditions and questions on its firm tradition, co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick was pressured to step down.
The former Expedia CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, took the helm in August.
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