Two women, including one from California, are suing Uber after they were allegedly raped by drivers for the ride-hailing company.

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The lawsuit, which was filed on Tuesday, claims that Uber doesn’t adequately screen its drivers and misleads consumers about the service’s safety and insurance coverage, placing thousands of women at risk.

“Uber has created a system for bad actors to gain access to vulnerable victims,” the lawsuit states. “Specifically drivers have the means and opportunity to veer off route without detection, trap passengers inside their vehicles and commit physical and sexual violence without witnesses.”

The lawsuit alleges the company violated state laws by misleading customers about the safety of its service. It claims Uber not only failed to warn passengers about its flawed background checks, but that it doesn’t adequately track its drivers’ conduct after they’re hired.

Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the lawsuit is seeking class-action status for all Uber passengers in the United States who were “subject to rape, sexual assault or gender-motivated violence or harassment by their Uber driver in the last four years.”

The two women, who were not named in the lawsuit, are not only seeking damages for …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Business

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