Uber sued by more than 500 women alleging they've been assaulted, harassed or kidnapped by drivers

  • 23 Jul - 29 Jul, 2022
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Uber Technologies Inc. (Uber) is being sued by more than 500 sexual assault survivors alleging the company failed to put adequate protections in place and endangered them on rides. In court documents obtained by PEOPLE, it is alleged that passengers in multiple states were "kidnapped, sexually assaulted, sexually battered, raped, falsely imprisoned, stalked, harassed, and/or otherwise attacked by an Uber driver with whom they had been paired with through the Uber Application." The complaint, which was filed in San Francisco County Superior Court by attorneys at Slater Slater Schulman LLP, a law firm focused on representing survivors of catastrophic and traumatic events, also alleges that the transportation company became aware that "Uber drivers were sexually assaulting and raping female passengers" as "early as 2014." The filing states that while the company has acknowledged the "sexual assault crisis" in recent years, it has "failed to implement basic safety measures necessary to prevent these serious sexual assaults, which continue to occur to this day." "Uber's whole business model is based on giving people a safe ride home, but rider safety was never their concern – growth was, at the expense of their passengers' safety," Adam Slater, Founding Partner of Slater Slater Schulman LLP, tells PEOPLE in a statement.