Lyft and Uber have both faced dozens of lawsuits and had hundreds of drivers arrested after sexual assault. A prior CNN investigation found 100s of drivers accused of sexual assault and sexual harassment, and found that Uber and Lyft had hired thousands of felony convicts to drive, including in one case a convicted murderer. Uber and Lyft claim they are working to improve background checks.
After pushback from victims and advocates, both Lyft and Uber dropped mandatory arbitration clauses and victims can now decide for themselves how to pursue action against the rideshare companies. Levin Simes Abrams represents and has filed multiple claims by victims against Uber and Lyft.
As seen in Bloomberg, Levin Simes Abrams represents victims of sexual assault from rideshare drivers including Lyft. From 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.
Lyft recently stated they intend to increase background checks, and will monitor drivers more often and will more quickly remove drivers after criminal convictions. They also claim they are enhancing identify verification to reduce the amount of ID fraud when a driver signs up under another identity.
ABC has also covered the work of Levin Simes Abrams attorneys for sexual assault. Partner Rachel Abrams and attorney Meghan McCormick were featured on ABC 7 news regarding sexual assault from Uber and Lyft drivers. See the video segment:
Uber’s negligent hiring practices and insufficient background checks have resulted in hundreds of sexual assaults across the United States. Levin Simes Abrams can provide a free, confidential and private legal consultation and investigation. You can email us at [email protected]
Lyft uses a similar background check to other rideshare companies, and previously tried to steer all sexual assault cases into mandatory arbitration. Lyft has changed their tune and victims can now decide for themselves the best course of action after being assaulted. Call today at 1-888-426-4156.