The Recorder (Law.com) talked to women-led law firm, Levin Simes Abrams, about their latest rideshare assault cases, of which the firm has received hundreds of claims from victims across the country. You can read the news article here. To learn more about Uber and Lyft lawsuits, rideshare assault and legal options for victims, head to our Uber and Lyft lawsuit section.
Law.com discussed with Laurel Simes how rides hailed from apps turn into sexual harassment of women, or worse:
First, they say, a driver might start asking inappropriate questions about sexual matters. Sometimes it’s unwanted advances like, “Oh you look so nice tonight. Do you have a boyfriend?” Simes said. Other times, she says drivers wait until a rider gets out of their car to lunge and grope at them.
Many of the victims were using rideshare services after drinking, thinking they were being safe by ensuring they had a ride home. Unfortunately, rideshare companies’ incomplete background checks and hiring practices have resulted in vulnerable women being harassed or assaulted.
Levin Simes Abrams has been recognized as a national leader in holding rideshare companies like Lyft liable for their negligent practices. They represent dozens of victims of sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, kidnapping, and rape by Lyft drivers.
After Lyft dropped mandatory arbitration clauses in the terms of service in their app, women have been choosing if they want to pursue a case or not. Levin Simes Abrams offers free and private consultations to anyone who wants to talk. Levin Simes Abrams files cases as “Jane Doe” when plaintiffs wish to avoid having their name listed.
Levin Simes Abrams’ fight on behalf of their female clients has been covered in Bloomberg, Vice, BuzzFeed, Fortune, ABC, and elsewhere.
Bloomberg: Since Aug. 1, seven female passengers have sued the company in San Francisco, its hometown, and lawyers at the women-led firm representing those riders say there are more complaints to come.
Vice: The seven women are represented by a San Francisco law firm, Levin Simes Abrams, which has taken the lead nationally in litigating sexual assault lawsuits against Lyft and Uber.
ABC News: Rachel Abrams on driver hiring practices: “Companies don’t require to even talk on the phone let alone a face to face meeting”.
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