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Recode: Uber faces United States class-action suit for driver sexual assault, violence

Uber cars appear in San Francisco Calif. in this undated image Recode: Uber faces United States class-action suit for driver sexual assault, violence
Nellie Chapman | 15 November, 2017, 02:09

It further says that Uber targets intoxicated passengers as a safe ride for riders who have been drinking.

An Uber spokesperson said: "These allegations are important to us and we take them very seriously".

And it recounts a handful of sexual assaults involving Uber drivers among several hundred that have been described in news reports in recent years.

"Uber will stop at no lengths to make a profit", alleges the lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in a federal court in northern California, according to NBC.

"Instead, over the last seven years, Uber has done everything possible to continue using low-priced, woefully inadequate background checks on drivers and has failed to monitor drivers for any violent or inappropriate conduct after they are hired".

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, accuses Uber of repeatedly fighting efforts to improve customer safety in states across the country and names MA and Maryland as examples where its failures to adequately screen drivers were allegedly exposed.

In the complaint, the women argue that Uber driver screenings only go back seven years.

This lawsuit comes as the ride-hail company is working to revamp its image after a tumultuous year wrought with public scandals.

Two anonymous women filed a complaint against Uber in a Northern California district court on Tuesday, with hopes of attaining class-action status on behalf of customers in the US who were "subject to rape, sexual assault, physical violence or gender-motivated violence or harassment by their Uber driver in the last four years". Focusing on background checks, the lawsuit argues that Uber has created a system within which "bad actors can gain access to vulnerable victims".

Uber has always been under fire for its background check methods. It is time for Uber to 'Do the right thing.

"To skirt state and local regulatory scrutiny, Uber labels itself a "technology platform" company rather than a "transportation" company", the complaint reads. The executive named Eric Alexander, who has since been fired, carted those files around for a year.

It cites the #MeToo campaign, which emerged on social media following the harassment charges made by numerous women against film mogul Harvey Weinstein, for prompting "hundreds, if not thousands" of female passengers to implicate Uber drivers in tweets reporting sexual assaults. Uber says the groups have helped it train 150 customer service agents for a team to deal with sexual assault reports.