“There is so much more that Uber can be done to protect riders: adding cameras to deter assaults, performing more robust background checks on drivers, creating a warning system when drivers don’t stay on a path to a destination”
Tension in the air as hard time looms for American ride-hailing giant company – Uber, following gross misconduct allegations from women riders subjected to various forms of violence by their drivers, ranging from rape and sexual assault to stalking and kidnapping.
A civil action suit filed at San Francisco County Superior Court by law firm said that female passengers in multiple states had been “kidnapped, sexually assaulted, sexually battered, raped, falsely imprisoned, stalked, harassed, or otherwise attacked by Uber drivers.”
The law firm stated further that it had approximately 550 clients with claims against the ride-hailing giant, and was investigating at least 150 more claims.
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Uber is also dealing with tough questions about its practices, Adam Slater, founding partner of Slater Slater Schulman, accused Uber in a news release of prioritizing growth over its customers’ safety.
“There is so much more that Uber can be done to protect riders: adding cameras to deter assaults, performing more robust background checks on drivers, creating a warning system when drivers don’t stay on a path to a destination. It is well past time for Uber to take concrete actions to protect its customers” Slater said.
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Responding to the allegations, an Uber spokesperson said that the company takes “every single report” of sexual assault seriously, adding that there is nothing more important than safety.
“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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