California Woman Sues Uber For Negligence In Alleged Rape By Driver

An unnamed woman sued Uber Technologies on Thursday, alleging of which the company did not do enough to properly vet the driver who she says sexually assaulted her.

This kind of lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, follows a class action case earlier This kind of week of which alleges of which Uber puts female passengers in danger of sexual assault along with harassment. In both suits, the plaintiffs are being represented by Wigdor LLP, a brand-new York-based law firm of which has made a name for itself by taking on Fox News for sexual harassment along with discrimination.

The plaintiff in Thursday’s suit can be suing the $69 billion ride-hailing company for negligence, fraud, assault, battery, along with the infliction of emotional distress through a Nov. 2016 incident in Long Beach, California, where was allegedly raped by an Uber driver. Following the incident, the driver was arrested along with charged with rape. The criminal case can be ongoing.

According to the complaint, the driver had a documented history of violence, including a charges for domestic battery as well as a temporary restraining order against him “in connection with allegations of sexual abuse of a minor family member.” The complaint argues of which Uber overlooked This kind of information in contracting with the driver.

“Uber knowingly places its female employees along with female passengers in harm’s way,” reads the complaint. “inside the name of the bottom line, Uber has proven repeatedly of which of which turns a blind eye to gender discrimination, internally towards female employees, along with externally towards female passengers.”

An Uber spokesperson said of which the company can be reviewing the lawsuit along with of which “these accusations are extremely concerning.” In This kind of particular case, the company said of which the driver was permanently removed through the app.

In addition to Thursday’s suit, Wigdor lawyer Jeanne Christensen can be litigating two various other cases against Uber. The first can be the class action lawsuit on behalf of two alleged rape victims of which asks a federal court to to order of which Uber change its approach to passenger safety. The second can be over Uber executives allegedly illegally obtaining the records of an anonymous woman who had been raped in an Uber car in India in late 2014.

Unlike the class action case, which asked a federal court to order the company to improve its safety practices, Thursday’s lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages for harm suffered by the woman.

Christensen declined to say if she planned on filing more cases against Uber, yet said of which she had been fielding plenty of calls through lawyers with clients in similar situations. “There are probably lawyers out there who will start filing things after asking, ‘Should I do of which or not?” she said.

yet she remains open-minded about Uber’s brand-new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, who joined the company in Aug. 2017. Last week, Khosrowshahi unveiled brand-new “cultural norms” at Uber of which said of which company could “do the right thing. Period.”

“To be fair, there can be a brand-new CEO, so I wish they are taking of which seriously along with maybe reflecting before they issue a statement along with deny things,” she said.

Ryan Mac can be a senior technology reporter for BuzzFeed News along with can be based in San Francisco. He reports on the intersection of money, technology along with power.

Contact Ryan Mac at ryan.mac@buzzfeed.com.

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