One lawsuit was filed by more than 500 women clients claiming that the firm prioritised passenger safety over growth
According to the lawsuit filed against Uber by an American law firm Wednesday, more than 500 women claimed that they were assaulted by Uber drivers.
A complaint was filed at the San Francisco County Superior Court alleging that women passengers were present in several states. “were kidnapped, sexually assaulted, sexually battered, raped, falsely imprisoned, stalked, harassed, or otherwise attacked by Uber drivers.”
“Slater Slater Schulman LLP currently has around 550 Uber clients. At least 150 additional cases are being investigated.,” the firm that brought the action said.
Uber asserts that Uber has known since 2014 that Uber’s drivers were not driving safely. “were sexually assaulting and raping female passengers,” not much has changed. This is due to the company’s alleged “Prioritizing growth over safety customers” the law firm said.
It blamed the tech giant for eschewing “The traditional background checking standards” for failing to report any criminal activity to police and for not installing video cameras in the cars.
“Uber should take immediate action to safeguard its customers.” lawyer Adam Slater said.
Uber did not comment on the lawsuit that was filed two weeks after publication of the Second US Safety Report.
In it the company stressed that it had “It remained steady” in fulfilling its commitments regarding passenger safety. According to the document, in 2019 and 2020, the company received 3,824 reports across “These are the most serious categories of misconduct and sexual assault.”
“The rate of sexual assault reported to Uber by its users has decreased 38% compared with the 2017 Safety Report.” Uber said.
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The company has also been in the world media headlines, over the so-called ‘Uber Files’ –leaked company documents uncovered by Britain’s Guardian newspaper. The company’s alleged secretsive dealings with foreign governments, and its attempts to derail police investigations were exposed. They also revealed that Uber executives saw themselves as “Pirates” taking over the transportation industry, with help from high-profile friends.
Uber replied to these revelations, claiming it has moved on “from an era of confrontation to one of collaboration, demonstrating a willingness to come to the table and find common ground with former opponents.”
Uber stressed its safety investments. Saying that it “We will not excuse past behaviour,” the company asked the public to judge it by what it has done over the last five years and by what it will do in the future.
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