Uber drivers the focus of class action suit alleging sexual assault

From Engadget - November 14, 2017

As Recode reports, the complaint states that the plaintiffs were misled to believing that Uber drivers would safely take them to their destinations, and that the company engaged in "unlawful" and "fraudulent" conduct to misrepresent the safety of such transport. Focusing on background checks, the lawsuit argues that Uber has created a system within which "bad actors can gain access to vulnerable victims." It further says that Uber targets intoxicated passengers as a safe ride for riders who have been drinking.

Complaints about the validity of Uber's background checks is nothing new, of course. Los Angeles and San Francisco sued the company a couple of years back, alleging that Uber missed criminal records for drivers with serious crimes in their past. The company was banned in New Delhi as a result of an alleged rape in that Indian city, and Massachusetts denied licenses to more than 8.000 Uber (and Lyft) drivers based on more stringent guidelines in the state.


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