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Uber faces yet another lawsuit from United States riders alleging sexual assault

Uber faces yet another lawsuit from United States riders alleging sexual assault

It claims Uber not only failed to warn passengers about its flawed background checks, but that it doesn't adequately track its drivers' conduct after they're hired. The women further claim the company generally misrepresented the safety of taking an Uber.

"These allegations are important to us and we take them very seriously", Uber said in an e-mailed statement. Each alleges being sexually assaulted by Uber drivers who gave them rides home.

An extensive form of vetting including fingerprinting, which is not required by Uber, and background checks is costly to companies in the form of money and time.

It alleges that Uber markets to young women traveling alone and puts profits over their safety. The lawsuit also suggests that Uber offer in-app panic buttons in the U.S., something the company has already offered in India and South Africa.

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"Uber has created a system for bad actors to gain access to vulnerable victims", the lawsuit states.

The women, who are remaining anonymous, argue that due to an alleged lack of proper, thorough screenings by workers, certain customers of the service have been "subject to rape, sexual assault or gender-motivated violence or harassment by their Uber driver in the last four years".

"Uber's advertising campaigns make the assertion that it provides the best option for a safe ride home after a night of drinking", the suit declared. One executive who was ousted was about a woman who was raped during an Uber ride in India.

The lawsuit also gets into other controversies facing Uber. He was arrested and charged with two counts of sexual battery, and Uber refunded her $9.51 for the ride.

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But what these women allege happened to them are not isolated incidents.

The lawsuit was filed by the NY firm Wigdor LLP, which is suing Uber in a separate case on behalf of a woman who was raped by an Uber driver in India. The suit alleges that this culture has spilled over into the way Uber treats its passengers, especially female passengers, and says the number of reported sexual assults and rapes of female passengers by male Uber drives "has skyrocketed in the last several years".

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The points listed also include preventative safety measures, such as installing both video cameras and GPS tracking systems in all vehicles that will sound an alarm when turned off.

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