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“Uber has created a system for bad actors to gain access to vulnerable victims.” The suit, filed in U. 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 Massachusetts and Maryland as examples where its failures to adequately screen drivers were allegedly exposed.
They seek compensation for themselves and other victims of sexual and other violent offenses at the hands of Uber drivers, and a legal order mandating that the -billion company institute measures to protect passengers in the future.
(Yuri Gripas / Reuters File Photo) Congressional staff on an unannounced visit to the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs regional office July 2 were given work space in a room wired with an active microphone and camera, according to the chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs.
During the same visit - made to investigate claims of mismanagement at the Germantown facility - one congressional staffer saw and snapped a picture of a note containing an offensive description of a woman on her team. Jeff Miller (R., Fla.) said the note was written by the office's then-acting director, Lucy Filipov, the same administrator who directed the team to the wired room.
[ Uber reaches deal to sell stake to Softbank ] According to the suit, thousands of women have been victimized by Uber drivers since the company’s launch in 2010, including cases of “rape, sexual assault, physical violence and gender-motivated harassment.” The plaintiffs recommend Uber institute several measures to protect passengers, including permanently barring sex offenders and individuals with rape or assault convictions from driving for the app; mandating in-person screening and vehicle examinations; implementing fingerprint-based background checks favored by law enforcement, and; hiring expert investigators to look into complaints of sexual or violent offenses committed by drivers.
The suit says reports of sexual assault and rape perpetrated by male drivers against female passengers have “sky-rocketed” recently, though it does not provide direct evidence to support the claim.