Lyft taken to court over failure to protect users from sexual assault

Lyft taken to court over failure to protect users from sexual assault

by Sakina Raj

Lyft, the US-based ridesharing company, is reportedly facing a new round of lawsuits filed by drivers and passengers who claim to have been subjected to physical and sexual misconduct while on rides, and who also accuse the ride-hailing firm of failing to protect its customers.

As per Peiffer Wolf Carr Kane Conway & Wise, the legal team that represents several of the victims, seventeen cases have been filed in California, Arizona, Connecticut, Kentucky, Illinois, Michigan, Oregon, Ohio, Texas, Wisconsin, and Virginia.

These are not class actions, but rather individual lawsuits. The legal proceedings are demand for a jury trial. However, they do not clarify an actual monetary payment except for compensatory damages, including payment of all owed wages and expenses, compensation for future lost wages, adequate attorneys' fees, costs, and expenditures, as well as punitive damages.

The suits, 13 of which were filed by passengers and drivers who had been sexually assaulted, claim that the mobility as a service firm lacked the necessary safety precautions to stop such assaults and did not provide an adequate response when these instances were reported.

In a news conference, Tracey Cowan, a partner at Peiffer Wolf, stated that they want Lyft to undertake the actions it knows it must take to ensure everyone's safety. These measures include conducting thorough background screenings on all its drivers, validating the accuracy of applicant info and background checks by biometric fingerprint tracking, and equipping drivers with dashcams.

In response, Lyft reaffirmed its commitment to safety and refuted some of the allegations.

Lyft claims that every driver undergoes thorough screening, including a background check. Once accepted, there is constant criminal monitoring. 

According to the ride-hailing company, every driver who fails the first, annual, and regular checks is prohibited from accessing the platform.

The firm stated that each driver is mandated to complete a community safety education program that was developed in collaboration with the anti-sexual violence group RAINN.

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Sakina Raj

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