The ride-hailing app Uber is displayed on an iPhone in Hong Kong on September 26, 2017.
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Uber is being sued by more than 500 women who claim they were assaulted by drivers on the platform.
The complaint, filed Wednesday, alleges that “female passengers in various states have been abducted, sexually assaulted, sexually assaulted, raped, falsely imprisoned, harassed, harassed or otherwise assaulted” by Uber drivers.
The case was sent by the lawyers of the firm Slater Slater Schulman to the Superior Court of the County of San Francisco. The law firm said it has about 550 clients with claims against the company, and at least another 150 are under active investigation.
“Back in 2014, Uber became aware that its drivers were sexually assaulting and raping female passengers; however, eight years later, the sexual predators operating Uber have continued to assault passengers, including the plaintiffs whose claims are asserted in today’s lawsuit,” the law firm said in a press release.
An Uber spokesperson did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
The filing comes nearly two weeks after the ride-sharing giant released its second safety report.
The company said it received 3,824 reports of the five most violent categories of sexual assault in 2019 and 2020, ranging from “inadvertent kissing of a non-sexual body part” to “inadvertent sexual penetration” or rape.
Uber reported a 38% drop in reported sexual assaults compared to its original report, which covered 2017 and 2018. It is not yet clear whether the Covid-19 pandemic, which has drastically reduced the number of riders in 2020 and 2021, has had an impact.
“While the company has recognized this sexual violence crisis in recent years, its actual response has been slow and inadequate, with dire consequences,” Adam Slater, founding partner of Slater Slater Schulman, said in a statement.
In recent years, Uber has introduced a number of security measures, such as background checks on drivers when they sign up on the platform and annually thereafter. However, the company says it cannot be held responsible for its drivers, who are considered independent contractors rather than employees under the Bloomberg Law.
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More than 500 women have sued Uber for sexual harassment
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