Uber is a convenient way to get around town. It unfortunately has also proven to be a danger in some cases to female passengers who have reported instances of rape, sexual assault and physical violence at the hands of Uber drivers.
Such allegations were formally filed by women in California and Florida seeking to press a class-action lawsuit against the company in federal court. Women in other locales have also reported cases of assault.
If you were the victim of sexual assault by an Uber or Lyft driver, you may have a legal claim against the driver and the companies.
Kline & Specter, PC, with more than 50 attorneys, five of whom are also doctors, has experience and success not only in lawsuits against major corporations but also in litigating sexual assault cases. We offer free and confidential case evaluations and promise you sensitive and caring representation. We handle cases in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware and nationwide.
The lawsuit against Uber was filed in November 2017 in the Northern District of California on behalf of two women passengers who claimed instances of "rape, sexual assault, physical violence or gender-motivated harassment" by drivers.
The suit claimed the alleged assaults were not the case of “rogue" drivers but that Uber has created a system that allows for "bad actors to gain access to vulnerable victims." It said a large number of passengers experienced sexual harassment and that Uber should have made changes to the way it screens and monitors drivers.
The lawsuit added: “Instead, over the last seven years, Uber has done everything possible to continue using low-cost, woefully inadequate background checks on drivers and has failed to monitor drivers for any violent or inappropriate conduct after they are hired. Nothing meaningful has been done to make rides safer for passengers—especially women."
The California lawsuit describes the access Uber provides for drivers to commit sexual assault. Drivers are able to veer off-route, park in remote places, block car doors, and even follow passengers into their homes.
Two weeks after the suit was filed, another incident made headlines when police reported a 22-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in an Uber-driven vehicle in Virginia. The driver was later arrested.
Two safety organizations have aired public service announcements calling on Uber and Lyft, another popular ride service, to strengthen background checks on drivers.
If you suffered sexual assault by an Uber or Lyft driver, please contact us through this website or by calling 215-772-1000.