The complaint, filed in San Francisco County Superior Court, seeks damages and a jury trial.
As TechCrunch reported late Wednesday, the women said in their complaint that they were abducted, sexually assaulted, sexually assaulted, raped, falsely imprisoned, stalked, harassed or otherwise assaulted by Uber drivers.
Adam Slater, founding partner of Slater Schulman, who represents women, said, “Uber’s entire business model is based on giving people a safe ride home, but rider safety was never their concern – growth at the expense of the safety of their passengers. was.” , in a statement.
“While the company has acknowledged this crisis of sexual harassment in recent years, its actual response has been slow and inadequate, with dire consequences,” Slater said.
The lawsuit claimed that Uber deliberately concealed the fact that Uber drivers had been regularly sexually harassing women since at least 2014 and “represented instead that Uber was a safe mode of transportation.”
The lawsuit accuses Uber of actively giving sexual predators a platform to find and attack women without proper background checks on drivers or providing adequate safeguards for riders.
According to Uber’s latest US safety report, there were 998 sexual assault incidents in 2020 alone, including 141 reported rapes.
Between 2019 and 2020, Uber received 3,824 reports of the five most serious categories of sexual harassment.
Uber’s first safety report, which details incidents from 2017 to 2018, found nearly 6,000 reports of sexual harassment.
Meanwhile, a sensational leaked trove of internal Uber documents has revealed the dark side of the ride-hailing platform, which allegedly broke laws and secretly lobbied the government (including India) as it sought to expand globally. had planned.
According to The Guardian, which accessed the ‘Uber Files’ containing more than 1,24,000 documents from 2013 and 2017, the data “shows how Uber has made a mark by intelligently presenting prime ministers, presidents, billionaires, oligarchs and media barons.” Tried to increase support”.
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