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Women Claiming Assault Sue Uber Over Driver-Screening Practices

The women from Florida and California who haven't been identified in the lawsuit filed Tuesday say they were both sexually assaulted by Uber drivers who gave them rides home

Once again the globally renowned ride-hailing service, Uber is facing a lawsuit by two women, asking the court to force the company to change its driver screening and other practices on behalf of all US riders.

The duo, from USA, on behalf of "all other similarly situated" female passengers who have suffered "rape, sexual harassment or gender-motivated harassment at the hands of Uber drivers" have demanded action against Uber.

According to the lawsuit, up to this point, Uber has escaped following regulatory policies that would be enforced on a typical transportation company by instead labeling themselves as a, "technology company".

The women claim that while patronizing the ride-sharing company, drivers sexually assaulted them.

"We are confident that a jury will hold Uber accountable for this horrific and senseless violence", the plaintiff's attorney Jeanne M. Christensen said.

The complaint states that Uber uses "low-cost, woefully inadequate background checks" for their drivers and does not monitor drivers for "violent or inappropriate conduct after they are hired".

The two women who filed the suit allege that they were sexually assaulted by Uber drivers.

"The company must come forward with information about how many reports it has received about rapes, sexual assaults, and gender-motivated harassment to allow consumers to assess whether Uber really does provide safe rides, especially to women", Christensen said in a statement. "Nothing meaningful has been done to make rides safer for passengers - especially women".

Uber's image has been tarnished by findings of sexual harassment of employees and multiple reports of drivers assaulting passengers. "Uber has created a system for bad actors to gain access to vulnerable victims".

Complaints about the validity of Uber's background checks is nothing new, of course. It remains unclear exactly what that training includes, specifically as it relates to Uber drivers.

The lawsuit suggests a few ways in which Uber can better address sexual violence and harassment against women after it has already occurred. It required Uber, Lyft and other companies to reject any driver who has been convicted of a violent felony or a terrorism-related offense, or is a registered sex offender. He was arrested and charged with two counts of sexual battery, and Uber refunded her $9.51 for the ride.