Sexual assault: over 500 women are suing Uber | Free press

Uber drivers are said to have molested women a thousand times in the past few years, and there are also reports of kidnappings and rape. Now the group has reached a class action lawsuit.

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Taxi rival Uber is faced with a class action lawsuit filed by more than 500 women in the United States for sexual assault and driver violence.

The plaintiffs accuse the company of not doing enough over the years to solve these problems. The gravity of the situation has been clear to management since 2014, but since then there have been many other cases, ranging from harassment to kidnapping and rape. This was reported by the American law firm Slater Slater Schulman in San Francisco. According to its own statements, it represents around 550 clients and handles at least 150 other cases.

When asked, Uber said he could not comment on the open litigation. According to the company, the class action has been in progress since February 2022. The problems themselves have been known for a long time. Just about two weeks ago, the group released the results of its own investigation, according to which in 2019 and 2020 alone, there were reports of 3,824 sexual assaults by drivers. As a result, Uber has had to deal with lawsuits in the past. For example, in 2018, the company accepted a comparison with two women. Uber says it takes the issues seriously and is taking action. But not everyone buys it from the group.

“Uber could do a lot more to protect its passengers,” said plaintiff’s attorney Adam Slater. “Anti-attack cameras, more reliable background checks for drivers, warning system when drivers deviate from their paths.” But the company rejects these measures. In the past, Uber defended itself, inter alia, not responsible for the behavior of the drivers as they are not regular employees. However, the company also claims to thoroughly check its drivers and has already put in place security measures – such as an emergency button in the app.

For the US group, which has been criticized frequently in the past for aggressive business practices, the accusations come at an inopportune time. Just a few days ago, Uber came under pressure from a large data leak that showed the full extent of the controversial lobbying work that sometimes took place on the verge of legal, from 2013 to 2017. However, the documents date back to the co-founder and former boss Travis Kalanick. He resigned in 2017 following scandals ranging from sexism and discrimination to technology theft and espionage. Today, the company distances itself from Kalanick and its methods. (dpa)

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