Uber handed class-action lawsuit from riders alleging sexual assault – National

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Uber has been slapped with a class-action lawsuit from riders who say they were assaulted or harassed by the company’s drivers.

The lawsuit was filed in the District of Northern California Tuesday, by two unidentified women.

“Since Uber launched in 2010, thousands of female passengers have endured unlawful conduct by their Uber drivers including rape, sexual assault, physical violence and gender-motivated harassment,” the lawsuit reads.

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It goes on to say that Uber has failed to address the assault allegations by enforcing stricter regulations on drivers, but instead has prioritized keeping operating costs low for the company.

The lawsuit also notes that this issue of assault is no longer about a “rogue” driver who failed to follow rules, but is a widespread issue.

Uber has been criticized for poorly handling sexual assault and harassment allegations — both within its corporate departments and by drivers — several times in the past years.

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Alleged incidents have occurred in many countries where Uber operates. In July this year, a 33-year-old Uber driver from Toronto was charged with sexual assault.

A spokeswoman from Uber told Global News in an email statement that the driver was “permanently removed” from the company.

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