Why Do Rape, Sexism Suits Dog Uber?
Further Knowledge by Uber is Forthcoming?
Fortune reported on a recent suit against the company regarding sexism. In one high-profile lawsuit, a woman claims an Uber driver tried to rape her.
But why is this happening so much? There are mass reports and allegations of sexism against both men and women. One woman wrote that even after meeting with HR many times nothing changed. In the most recent case, another major allegation emerged. It was so great that Uber’s Vice President resigned. The company hired former US Attorney General Eric Holder to represent them regarding the controversy.
Another Uber Rape Alleged.
Ars Technica reported on an isolated but more severe case. The suit is crystal clear: “Uber has placed profits over safety by deliberately lowering the bar for drivers.” A Minnesota woman alleges that one of Uber’s drivers attempted rape in August 2016. The suit states that the driver, Abdel Jaquez, came on to her.
After she had refused, he tried to rape her, it alleges. The lawsuit also states that Jaquez had a prior criminal record against another woman. The suit says that a simple fingerprinting and background check would have caught the issue before it unfolded.
Furthermore, Uber’s woes stem from its decentralized model. Due to its use of contractors as drivers, it has little control over their background and conduct. This is part of the reason that so many allegations of sexual assault emerged.
The reasons why these rapes are happening seems clear. The current management system incentivizes other criminal and ungentlemanly behavior among drivers. There’s a reason many cities outlawed the app. It provides an unnecessary risk for others on the road and passengers.
Looking for a way to get involved? Our site follows news of misconduct by Uber and Lyft drivers. Keep reading to find out more about efforts to protect riders. Our team is always ready to answer any questions or discuss your legal options if you consider a suit against the company. Ehline Law is among the leaders in the fight to uncover as much information as possible.