Uber Faces Lawsuits from Female Passengers Who Allege Rape

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The lawsuit is seeking compensation for rapes, assaults, and harassment that riders have experienced - specifically passengers who were "subject to assault or gender-motivated violence or harassment by their Uber driver in the last four years".

Uber said that it was reviewing the court complaint and that the allegations were important to them and are taken seriously.

The lawsuit suggests a few ways in which Uber can better address sexual violence and harassment against women after it has already occurred.

An anonymous Uber rider is suing the company in California Superior Court, claiming that Uber did not take sufficient measures to protect her from a driver who allegedly raped her on November 11, 2016. The lawsuit cites other cases of sexual assault and public tweets about Uber drivers during the #MeToo campaign, where women shared their stories about sexual harassment.

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The women at the center of the lawsuit claim that inadequate driver background checks and monitoring left them and thousands of others vulnerable to sexual assault. It further says that Uber targets intoxicated passengers as a safe ride for riders who have been drinking. Jane Doe 2 alleges that an Uber driver "forced her to engage in intercourse against her will" after following her into her home.

Once again the globally renowned ride-hailing service, Uber is facing a lawsuit by two women, asking the court to force the company to change its driver screening and other practices on behalf of all USA riders.

The complaint alleges that this Uber driver had been previously charged with committing violent crimes and that Uber's background check "either failed to discover these egregious charges, or willfully chose to risk passengers' lives in exchange for the additional profit one more driver could potentially have provided". "Nothing meaningful has been done to make rides safer for passengers - especially women". They include ways in which Uber can better screen its drivers, such as with in-person interviews, character checks, routine criminal background checks and fingerprint background checks.

Uber recently pledged $5 million in funding for programmatic partnerships focused on sexual assault prevention, and added in a November blog post that it would implement "employee education and training". The other was raped by an Uber driver in her apartment in Miami.

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