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550 Women are Suing Uber for Sexual Assault Claims


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Claim on Uber Drivers For Sexual Assault

At least 550 women who claim that Uber drivers abused them. This is while using the ride-hailing service have filed a lawsuit against the company in the US.

According to the filing, Uber drivers were in the involvement of “kidnapping, sexual assault, sexually beat, rape cases. Also, those who put into jail falsely, were seen stalking, harassing, or otherwise attacking women passengers.” The case was put in front of the San Francisco County Superior Court on Wednesday.

According to an Uber official who talked to the BBC, sexual assault is a terrible crime. Therefore, the company takes every incident seriously.

According to the lawsuit lawyers made from the law firm Slater Slater Schulman, the sex attacks were happening in “several states.” It also stated that an “active investigation” is made in at least 150 suspected cases.

The lawsuit claims that Uber knew its drivers were raping and sexually assaulting female passengers as early as 2014. However, the corporation allegedly put “expansion over client safety,” according to the lawsuit.

Cases of Sexual Assault in 2020

Uber’s second US Safety Report, which was reported last month, There was 998  cases of sexual assault in 2020. Those including 141 rape reports. According to the company’s study, between 2019 and 2020, it received 3,824 reports of sexual assaults falling into the five most serious categories. In addition, 5,981 reports of sexual assault were found in the business’s first safety report, which covers incidences from 2017 to 2018.

From “non-consensual kissing of a non-sexual body part”. Crimes like “non-consensual sexual penetration,” or rape, are among Uber’s most serious sexual assault types. Moreover, these claims are very serious. 550 women have come forward, which is an astounding figure.

The case was providing additional proof of toxic workplace culture at Uber. As a result, which makes it much more detrimental for the company.

The allegations of misconduct was made public on Monday by a former Uber executive. One of the pieces of information he told suggests that Uber had a “kill switch” that could be activate in the event. The law authorities showed up and would prohibit them from gathering information.

According to Mark MacGann, a common theme in the stolen documents was that Uber prioritized growth above all else. And the same allegation is made in this lawsuit: that Uber purposefully held back the fact that its drivers were in the involvement of sexual harassment case.

In other words, despite the fact that Uber knew it had an issue. The firm was publicly claiming that its rides were safe. Additionally, the corporation is assumably to not succeed to check its drivers’ backgrounds in the claim properly. In recent years, Uber claims to have reformed and is sorry for its previous actions.

However, investors are concerned that customers would start looking elsewhere for their next ride. Therefore, given all the negative news.

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