Uber Sex Assault Class Action Filed by 2 Women

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The two women are remaining anonymous.

"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".

"On notice of the magnitude of the number of passengers who have experienced sexual harassment and gender-based violence, Uber should have made drastic changes to the way that it screens and monitors drivers, as well as advancing safety measures on its app and in vehicles, and disclosed the truth to consumers about its insurance coverage during rides", the lawsuit says.

Uber, valued at $68 billion, is one of the largest ride-hailing services on the planet, operating in about 70 countries.

Earlier this year, a woman raped by an Uber driver in India sued the company. Uber and Lyft returned to the city this May after the Texas Legislature passed a bill that, in part, allowed the rideshare titans to avoid collecting drivers' fingerprints. Female drivers also said that passengers had sexually harassed them.

The lawsuit, which describes the details of the assaults faced by the two plaintiffs, seeks damages for plaintiffs and to force Uber to take steps to prevent assault by drivers.

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A spokeswoman from Uber told Global News in an email statement at the time that the driver was "permanently removed" from the company.

The lawsuit was filed in the District of Northern California Tuesday, by two unidentified women. Uber settled that suit in November 2016.

The latest lawsuit argues Uber's screenings for drivers only goes back seven years, reports Recode, mostly because the system Uber uses relies primarily on credit reporting systems. "These allegations are important to us and we take them very seriously".

Uber has argued that the screening standards applied in Maryland - where thousands of drivers have been rejected upon review since December 2015 - are outdated, overly broad and fail to adhere to a legal standard established by the state Public Service Commission a year ago. Those kicked off with a #DeleteUber movement in January, then moved onto workplace sexual harassment allegations and an internal investigation led by former US Attorney General Eric Holder. In June, CEO Travis Kalanick resigned from Uber, following criticism that he helped foster a culture of sexism and bullying at the company. One of his eight new cultural norms is, "We do the right thing". The other was raped by an Uber driver in her apartment in Miami. In both instances the women were intoxicated.

These women argue that Uber performs inadequate background checks creating a "system" within which "bad actors can gain access to vulnerable victims".

Uber is facing group litigation over its safety practices after complaints of sexual assault committed by drivers.

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