Over 500 women sue Uber over sexual assault allegations

An iPhone displays the Uber taxi app on September 26, 2017 in Hong Kong.

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Uber sued by more than 500 women who claim they were attacked by platform drivers.

a complaintfiled on Wednesday alleges that “female passengers in several states have been abducted, sexually assaulted, sexually beaten, raped, falsely jailed, harassed, harassed or otherwise assaulted” by their Uber drivers.

The case was filed by Slater Slater Schulman in the San Francisco County Superior Court. The law firm said it has about 550 clients with claims against the firm, and at least 150 more are under active investigation.

“Back in 2014, Uber became aware that its drivers were sexually harassing and raping female passengers; however, for eight years, the sexual predators who run Uber have continued to attack passengers, including the plaintiffs whose claims were made in today’s lawsuit. “The law firm said in a press release.

An Uber spokesperson did not immediately respond to a CNBC request for comment.

The application comes almost two weeks after the ridesharing giant released its second safety report.

The company said it received 3,824 reports of the five most serious categories of sexual assault in 2019 and 2020, ranging from “non-consensual kissing on a non-sexual body part” to “non-consensual penetration” or rape.

Uber said the number of reported sexual assaults was down 38% from its original report, which spanned 2017 and 2018. It is unclear if the Covid-19 pandemic, which has drastically reduced passenger numbers in 2020 and 2021, has had an impact.

“While the company has acknowledged this crisis of sexual assault in recent years, its actual response has been slow and inadequate, with horrifying consequences,” Adam Slater, founding partner of Slater Slater Schulman, said in a statement.

Uber introduced number of security options in recent years, for example, checking drivers when registering on the platform and once a year thereafter. However, the company claims it cannot be held responsible for its drivers, who are considered independent contractors and not employees. Bloomberg’s law.

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