Uber dealt with harassment class action lawsuit

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The plaintiffs say the screening inconsistencies highlight the "faulty and defective quality" of Uber's driver screening.

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. One executive who was ousted was about a woman who was raped during an Uber ride in India. It further says that Uber targets intoxicated passengers as a safe ride for riders who have been drinking.

"Instead, over the last seven years, Uber has done everything possible to continue using low-priced, woefully inadequate background checks on drivers and has failed to monitor drivers for any violent or inappropriate conduct after they are hired".

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"Uber will stop at no lengths to make a profit", alleges the lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in a federal court in northern California, according to NBC. Uber has long argued that it's not a transportation provider and its drivers are not employees and so should not be subject to the same requirements. Drivers are able to veer off-route, park in remote places, block vehicle doors, and follow passengers into their homes.

The women say they were assaulted by their drivers and claim the ride-hail company has engaged in unlawful and "fraudulent" conduct that misled them into believing their drivers would safely transport them.

Uber did not immediately comment on the allegations, but said it was reviewing the lawsuit. The complaint cites accounts of assault by Uber drivers shared as part of the #MeToo movement; failures of background checks, including the registration as an Uber driver of the truck driver in the terrorist attack in NY on October 31; the debate over whether Uber drivers are employees of Uber; and misleading advertising from Uber about "safe rides".

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Uber said it was reviewing the lawsuit, according to The Washington Post.

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

Here's one such tweet, said to be from an Uber passenger in Las Vegas in October: "This @Uber driver today pulled out his Man part (one eyed snake) and thought I didn't see him so upset here's the video #MeToo".

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Uber has argued that the screening standards applied in Maryland - where thousands of drivers have been rejected upon review since December 2015 - are outdated, overly broad and fail to adhere to a legal standard established by the state Public Service Commission previous year. He was arrested and charged with two counts of sexual battery, and Uber refunded her $9.51 for the ride.

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