Jill Filipovic has detailed the harrowing stories of multiple sexual assault survivors at Marie Claire. The piece begins:
The stories all start out more or less the same way: “I was trying to be responsible.” “I was trying to take care of myself.” “I thought I would be safe.” And so instead of driving drunk or walking alone or taking public transportation at night, these women hopped into rideshare vehicles. But they weren’t safe at all. Link.
The stories form the basis of the long but important history of assault on passengers during Uber and Lyft rides. Levin Simes Abrams now represents hundreds of survivors after sexual assault or harassment during or after a rideshare trip.
Lyft advertised their services as a save way to drink and get home, offering free rides to women from bars and partnering with bars and alcohol manufacturers to promote their service. Unfortunately, Lyft has failed to maintain a safe environment for the passengers, and Marie Claire spoke with 29 of them for their story.
Many of the survivors are now represented by the attorneys at Levin Simes Abrams. Levin Simes Abrams has successfully asked the courts to coordinate the many claims against Lyft in San Francisco CA, and has been appointed lead counsel against Lyft.
Quotes by our attorneys in the article:
“Regardless of whether the driver is an employee or an independent contractor or whatever, [the company] set this up so that strangers are getting into strangers’ cars and [it] is making money from it.”
“Owning what has happened to women in the past and owning the behavior of drivers going forward—addressing the problem and doing everything [it] can to make sure it doesn’t happen to other women.”
“[Lyft] has come up with solutions and innovations that I could never have imagined; I have no doubt that if [it] wanted to do something about this problem, [it] could have put an end to these assaults.”
As previously covered by Levin Simes Abrams, Uber has released a safety report detailing the number of serious assaults and harassment reported to Uber during a two year period. Uber has not yet updated the figures to include 2019 reports.
Levin Simes Abrams attorneys are available for a private call or text regarding instances of assault or harassment. We represent Uber survivors, Lyft survivors, and workplace and other assaults. Contact us at 415-480-7448, email@example.com or by starting a chat on this page.
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