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Lawyers seek group suit over alleged Uber sex assaults

From BBC - November 14, 2017

Uber is facing group litigation over its safety practices after complaints of sexual assault committed by drivers.

The suit accuses Uber of creating "a system for bad actors to gain access to vulnerable victims".

It says the firm has resisted changes, such as more stringent background checks, that would improve passenger safety.

An Uber spokesperson said: "These allegations are important to us and we take them very seriously."

The lawsuit was filed by two anonymous women, including a Florida woman who police say was raped by an Uber driver after he took her home.

The law firm working on the case, Wigdor, is seeking to broaden it out into group litigation - a class action suit.

It wants to represent any individuals who have suffered abuse at the hands of drivers, which it estimates could exceed 100.

"Uber must make drastic changes to prevent another female rider from harm," said Jeanne Christensen, a partner at Wigdor.

Longstanding issue

Concerns about Uber's screening procedures for drivers have dogged the company for a number of years.

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