Uber drivers the focus of class action suit alleging sexual assault

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A lawsuit filed against Uber today alleges "thousands" of female passengers have endured "rape, sexual assault, physical violence and gender-motivated harassment" while using the popular ride-hailing service.

The complaint notes how MA had initiated a stricter review of potential Uber drivers.

Uber was not immediately available for comment. In fact, they list a number of actionable points they believe the company should take to help improve safety specifically for women riders, as seen in the court document.

In a statement provided to Bustle, Jeanne Christensen, one of the attorneys representing the Jane Does, says that Uber "must come forward with information about how many reports it has received about rapes, sexual assaults and gender-motivated harassment to allow consumers to assess whether Uber really does provide safe rides, especially to women".

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.

After a night of drinking, the woman and her friend ordered an Uber ride and were picked up a driver who had been charged with a felony in Miami, the lawsuit alleges. "Uber has created a system for bad actors to gain access to vulnerable victims. This is no longer an issue of "rogue" drivers who act unlawfully". Uber must make drastic changes to prevent another female rider from harm.

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The driver, Nimer Abdallah, carried the woman - who was barely conscious after having two drinks - upstairs to her apartment and allegedly raped her, the lawsuit states.

The other plaintiff, a Los Angeles resident, was also intoxicated when she booked an Uber ride to take her home from a restaurant in January 2017.

In addition to compensation for the alleged rapes that these women suffered, the women are asking the judge to order a directive against Uber to force the company to implement various policies like more strict background checks on its drivers.

Uber on the other hand is not required to meet that standard since it is not required to be licensed as a private transportation carrier, claims the complaint.

Uber's image has been tarnished by findings of sexual harassment of employees and multiple reports of drivers assaulting passengers.

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