Published: Чт, Ноября 16, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Lawsuit filed against Uber by female passengers alleging rape, sexual assaults

Lawsuit filed against Uber by female passengers alleging rape, sexual assaults

Last week, John David Sanchez, 52, a former Uber driver who raped one passenger and sexually assaulted more than 12 women was sentenced to 80 years and 4 months in jail. The women further claim the company generally misrepresented the safety of taking an Uber. "These allegations are important to us and we take them very seriously", Uber said in a statement.

The lawsuit alleges that Uber markets to young women traveling alone and puts profits over their safety.

Uber should be required to implement stricter and more thorough screenings of potential drivers, provide insurance coverage for riders, and monitor drivers who go off route or turn off the app during a ride, according to the lawsuit.

Over the last seven years, Uber has done everything possible to continue using low-priced, woefully inadequate background checks on drivers and has failed to monitor drivers for any violent or inappropriate conduct after they are hired.

This type of an accusation is familiar to Uber, which was sued by a woman in India who said that her driver not only raped her but that executives at Uber illegally obtained medical records of hers when then tried to discredit her. The lawsuit argues that Uber's lax background check policies allow unsafe individuals to get jobs driving for the company, and thus get access to potential victims. The two women want the company to change the screening methods for drivers among other practices. Drivers are able to veer off-route, park in remote places, block vehicle doors, and follow passengers into their homes. He was arrested and charged with two counts of sexual battery, and Uber refunded her $9.51 for the ride. Uber has also installed dashboard cameras in cars in South Africa, following numerous reports of rape in the country.

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But what these women allege happened to them are not isolated incidents. "Recently, the number of reported sexual assaults and rapes of female passengers by male Uber drivers has sky-rocketed".

Attorney Jeanne M. Christensen from Wigdor LLP, which filed the lawsuit, called upon Uber to publish an in-depth report about the sexual assault and harassment experienced by passengers.

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One of his victims was a 13 year-old girl.

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