Lawsuit with 550 plaintiffs claims Uber failed to protect female riders from sexual assault by drivers

SAN FRANCISCO — More than 500 women across the country are suing Uber over claims they were sexually assaulted by their ridesharing services.

The complaint alleges the women were assaulted in their rides and that Uber has known of sexual misconduct by some drivers since 2014.

The complaint was filed in San Francisco, where the company is based.

“Uber’s entire business model is based around helping people get home safely, but passenger safety has never been their concern — growth has come at the expense of their riders’ safety,” said attorney Adam Slater, whose firm represents about 550 plaintiffs. “While the company has acknowledged this sexual assault crisis in recent years, its actual response has been slow and inadequate, with dire consequences.”

Uber said it could not comment on the specific pending lawsuit, but noted that it has introduced a number of features designed to improve driver safety.

“Sexual assault is a terrible crime and we take every single report seriously,” said an Uber spokesman. “Nothing is more important than safety, so Uber has developed new safety features, implemented survivor-centric policies, and has become more transparent about serious incidents.”

Newer safety features include: the ability for drivers to call or text 911 from the Uber app; RideCheck to monitor if a ride has gone off course or if an accident may have occurred; GPS tracking; and driver background checks.

The company says it also began sharing information with its ridesharing competitor Lyft last year about drivers who have been disabled from the platform for safety reasons.

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