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550 Women Sues Uber for Sexually Harassing Female Passengers

On Wednesday, a case against Uber was filed at the San Francisco County Superior Court

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UNITED STATES. San Francisco: A complaint has been registered against Uber for sexually assaulting female passengers by the rideshare driver. Uber is a San Francisco-based company that aims to provide passengers with a safer ride. But recently, 500 women across the country are suing Uber for allegedly misbehaving and molesting them. 

Uber has been charged with misconduct with female passengers since 2014. An Uber spokesperson termed sexual assault as a ‘horrific crime’. He added that the company takes every single report seriously.

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“There is nothing more important than safety, which is why Uber has built new safety features, established survivor-centric policies, and been more transparent about serious incidents,” he added.

The complaint specifies- Kidnapping, sexual assault, misbehaving, molesting, raping, stalking, harassing, or attacking by Uber drivers. Last month the company released its second US safety report, which says: “There were 998 sexual assault incidents, including 141 rape reports, in 2020. This is a huge concern for the entire country, as half of the country is dependent upon these cab rides.”

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The specific kind of ride is time-friendly, convenient and comes with a door drop navigation facility, making the ride more convenient. According to reports, the company said: they had received a sum of 3,824 reports against it. Five are severe categories of sexual assault between 2019 and 2020. 

According to the most serious category of complaints filed against the company is sexual assault that can take many different forms, from “non-consensual kissing of a non-sexual body part” to “non-consensual sexual penetration” or rape. This clearly indicates that the company didn’t conduct proper background checks and paper verification on its drivers. 

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The inadequate safety measures fail in women’s safety. 

Founding partner Slater Schulman says, “There is so much more that Uber can be doing to protect riders: adding cameras to deter assaults, performing more robust background checks on drivers, creating a warning system when drivers don’t stay on a path to a destination.”

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