The women from Florida and California are not identified in the federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in San Francisco.
The women claim that while patronizing the ride-sharing company, drivers sexually assaulted them.
The plaintiffs' legal team hopes to have the claim certified as a class action, in order to represent all those who have experienced sexual harassment and assault from Uber drivers.
The complaint, filed in a USA district court in San Francisco, California, today seeks damages, stricter screening for drivers, insurance coverage for riders, and disclosure of the number of reports Uber has received about rapes, sexual assaults and gender-related harassment.
The lawsuit demands that Uber implement a number of changes to how it vets potential drivers, including in-person interviews and fingerprinting, and require the installation of cameras in driver vehicles. Nothing meaningful has been done to make rides safer for passengers - especially women. Uber must make drastic changes to prevent another female rider from harm. The injunction would also force Uber to monitor driver conduct, centralize methods to quickly notify Uber when a driver has gone off the app during a ride, and create a comprehensive insurance policy. According to the suit, the company through which Uber runs background checks is more cursory and only goes back seven years into an applicants history.
The legal complaint, filed by Wigdor LLP on behalf of two plaintiffs, alleges that "thousands of female passengers have endured unlawful conduct by their Uber drivers including rape, sexual assault, physical violence and gender-motivated harassment".
The plaintiffs in the case call for more transparency from Uber's new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, who recently overhauled the company's values to include: "We do the right thing". That lawsuit alleged that Uber mishandled the incident and that company executives improperly accessed her medical records because it doubted her account of the incident. It's unclear whether Uber received complaints specific to these drivers.
Uber, along with Lyft, in fact left Austin in 2015 after the city council approved an ordinance that required the companies to use fingerprint-based background checks for their drivers.
And it recounts a handful of sexual assaults involving Uber drivers among several hundred that have been described in news reports in recent years.
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