Since their legalization in 2013, rideshare companies have been embroiled in legal battle after legal battle from car accidents due to distracted drivers using apps to sexual assaults on passengers.
Uber Driver Background Checks
Uber’s negligent hiring practices and insufficient background checks on drivers have created opportunity for sexual and physical assault, particularly on female passengers. Our team of lawyers will protect the identity of any individual who has experienced such an event, and vigorously advocate to get them just compensation for what they endured.
Uber settled a lawsuit filed by the District Attorneys of Los Angeles and San Francisco in 2015 for $25 million, for what the government asserted was false and misleading statements regarding safety. They are now adding features such as in-app 911 calling to try and turn around a history of lax safety. A CNN report identified over a hundred instances in the United States of assault, battery, or sexual assault during a ride hail.
Uber Mediation and Arbitration
Uber announced they would drop terms of service restricting survivors of sexual assault from filing lawsuits. Previously the firms used terms of service in their app to force injured women to settle cases in mandatory arbitration.
Uber’s Chief Legal Officer Tony West wrote they “will no longer require mandatory arbitration for individual claims of sexual assault or sexual harassment by Uber riders, drivers or employees.”