What’s the Problem?
In 2018, CNN reported that at least 103 Uber drivers in the U.S. had been accused of sexual assault or sexual abuse over the previous 4 years, and that 31 drivers had been convicted of crimes ranging from forcible touching and false imprisonment to rape.
A Kansas City woman in June 2017 filed a lawsuit against Uber after being raped, claiming the company ignored warnings about the driver’s criminal history. Dozens of cases are currently pending in courthouses across the U.S.
Uber Establishes $4.4 Million Fund to Settle Sexual Harassment Claims
Dec. 20, 2019 – Uber Technologies Inc. will set up a $4.4 million fund for current and former employees who were sexually harassed on the job, according to Yahoo! News. The fund is one of the terms Uber agreed to in order to resolve an investigation by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that was launched in 2017 following accusations of sexual harassment by a former Uber employee. EEOC says it has “found reasonable cause to believe that Uber permitted a culture of sexual harassment and retaliation against individuals who complained about such harassment.”
Uber Safety Report Details Sexual Assaults, Murders, Deaths
Dec. 6, 2019 – Uber published its first safety report on Thursday, which found that at least 3,045 sexual assaults had occurred during rides in the U.S. in 2018. The report, which covered the safety of both riders and drivers, also said 9 people were murdered and 58 people were killed in crashes during Uber rides.
The ridesharing company said it cataloged 2,936 sexual assaults in 2017, ranging from “unwanted kissing of a nonsexual body part” to rape. There were 49 fatal crashes during Uber trips in 2017, the report said. At least 10 murders occurred in 2017, up from 9 last year.
Uber Sued for $10 Million by Woman Claiming Sexual Assault by Driver
In April 2019, a lawsuit was filed against Uber by a woman who claims she was assaulted by one of the company’s drivers. The woman alleges that Uber markets itself as a safe mode of transportation for women, when in fact they are putting women in harm’s way. Plaintiff is seeking damages in excess of $10 million for injuries sustained in the assault.
Lawsuit Claims Uber Passengers Endured Sexual Assault, Harassment by Drivers: ABC News Video
Uber Safety Features
Uber has recently added new safety features to its app, including allowing riders to audio record their rides, and automated technology that checks driving records and criminal history. Since 2018, Uber has deactivated 40,000 drivers in the U.S. after they failed checks made by the technology.
Have There Been Any Settlements?
Yes. Uber has a reputation for settling cases out of court for undisclosed sums, rather than letting them go to trial. Contact our lawyers to learn more about your legal rights if you believe you may have a claim.
Can I File a Class Action?
Although Schmidt & Clark, LLP, is a nationally recognized class action firm, we have decided against this type of litigation when it comes to Uber sexual assault lawsuits. Our lawyers feel that if there is a successful resolution to these cases, individual suits, not class actions will be the best way to get maximum payouts to our clients. If you were the victim of sexual assault or rape, we know you’ve suffered emotionally and economically, and want to work with you personally to obtain the maximum compensation for the damages caused by your injuries. Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights.
Do I Have an Uber Sexual Assault Lawsuit?
The Sexual Abuse Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Uber sexual assault lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of sexual assault or rape by an Uber driver, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and we can help.