More Than 500 Women Sue Uber Over Alleged Sexual Assault

More than 500 women are suing Uber over alleged sexual assault by drivers on the ride-hailing platform.

The complaint alleged that “women passengers in multiple states were kidnapped, sexually assaulted, sexually battered, raped, falsely imprisoned, stalked, harassed, or otherwise attacked by Uber drivers with whom they had been paired through the Uber application.”

Attorneys with the Slater Slater Schulman firm filed the case in San Francisco County Superior Court on July 13.

The law firm said that it has about 550 clients with sexual assault claims against Uber, and at least 150 more are being “actively investigated.”

The law firm further alleged that Uber became aware that its drivers were sexually assaulting and raping female passengers as early as 2014.

“Uber’s whole business model is predicated on giving people a safe ride home, but rider safety was never their concern — growth was, at the expense of their passengers’ safety,” Adam Slater, the founder of the law firm, said in a statement.

“While the company has acknowledged this crisis of sexual assault in recent years, its actual response has been slow and inadequate, with horrific consequences,” Slater further said.

The complaint came nearly two weeks after Uber released its second United States safety report, which showed that there were 998 sexual assault incidents, including 141 rape reports, in 2020.

An Uber spokesperson told the BBC that it takes “every single report” of sexual assault “seriously.”

“There is nothing more important than safety, which is why Uber has built new safety features, established survivor-centric policies, and been more transparent about serious incidents. While we can’t comment on pending litigation, we will continue to keep safety at the heart of our work,” the spokesperson added.

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