Two Uber passengers lay rape in new lawsuit

Another lawsuit alleging rape has been filed against Uber.

Two women are seeking class-action standing for the fit on interest of all “female riders that have gifted rape, passionate attack or gender-motivated nuisance at the hands of their Uber drivers.” The two women are remaining anonymous.

“Uber has finished all probable to continue using low-cost, woefully unsound credentials checks on drivers and has unsuccessful to guard drivers for any aroused or inapt control after they are hired,” the lawsuit claims.

“Uber must make extreme changes to forestall another womanlike supplement from harm,” Jeanne M. Christensen, a partner at law firm Wigdor LLP who’s representing the women, pronounced in an email. 

Uber, valued at $68 billion, is one of the largest ride-hailing services on the planet, handling in about 70 countries. But with its growth, the company has come under fire for countless allegations of drivers committing passionate assaults. Last month, #MeToo campaign, which gained steam on Facebook and Twitter, was a way for people who’ve faced passionate attack or nuisance to share their experiences. Hundreds spoke out against Uber on social media sites, observant they’d been tormented by drivers. Female drivers also pronounced that passengers had sexually tormented them.

A handful of states, including California, Massachusetts and Texas, have previously launched investigations into Uber, claiming it customarily fails to sufficient screen drivers and has hired drivers with rapist histories. Reports of purported passionate assaults by Uber drivers make news headlines several times a month.

At slightest 3 lawsuits have been filed against the company for these allegations, including a apart censure brought by Wigdor LLP on interest of two other “Jane Does” in 2015. Uber settled that fit in Nov 2016. Another lawsuit was brought in 2015 by a women who was raped by an Uber motorist in India. Uber also staid that suit, but the issue was reignited last open after it was purported that Uber executives obtained and mishandled her medical records.

Uber’s website says the company is “dedicated to gripping people protected on the road” and that its record “enables us to concentration on supplement reserve before, during and after every trip.” 

Regarding the new lawsuit, a company mouthpiece told CNET, “Uber perceived this censure currently and we are in the routine of reviewing it. These allegations are critical to us and we take them very seriously.” 

Uber has been beleaguered by dozens of issues over the last year. Those kicked off with a #DeleteUber movement in January, then changed onto workplace passionate nuisance allegations and an internal investigation led by former US Attorney General Eric Holder. In June, Uber’s house of directors forced CEO Travis Kalanick to resign.

Now Uber is trying to turn things around with new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. Last week, Khosrowshahi wrote a LinkedIn blog post about Uber’s “new informative norms” observant what done the company successful won’t get it to the next level. One of his eight new informative norms is, “We do the right thing. Period.”

The new lawsuit against Uber was filed in California’s U.S. District Court for the Northern District. The two women contend their Uber drivers assaulted them in two apart incidents, according to justice documents.

One woman, who lives in Florida, alleges her Uber motorist took her home and raped her in Oct 2016. The other woman, who lives in Los Angeles, alleges an Uber motorist assaulted her while she was defunct in the back chair of his automobile and then took her home and raped her. In both instances the women were intoxicated.

The two women contend Uber’s credentials checks are unsound and the company has skewed how protected the service actually is. The lawsuit is asking the justice to force Uber to change the way it screens drivers and be some-more pure about what it knows in courtesy to purported passionate assaults by its drivers.

“The company must come brazen with information about how many reports it has perceived about rapes, passionate assaults and gender-motivated nuisance to concede consumers to consider either Uber really does yield protected rides, generally to women,” Christensen pronounced in an email. “It is time for Uber to ‘Do the right thing. Period.'”

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