At least 103 Uber drivers have been accused of kidnapping, sexual harassment, sexual assault and/or rape by their passengers, according to a CNN investigative report published Monday, April 30, 2018. The investigation included an in-depth review of police reports, federal court records and county court databases for 20 major cities, according to CNN.
It is estimated that the actual number of incidents of sexual violence committed by Uber drivers is much higher than 103, however. In November 2017, Wigdor LLP filed a proposed class action lawsuit alleging that thousands of female passengers have been sexually abused by their Uber drivers due to the company’s insufficient driver screening protocols. Seven more women have since been added to the class action, further alleging that Uber is attempting to evade public scrutiny by forcing sexual assault victims to pursue their claims in confidential arbitration, rather than in the court system.
Uber has until Friday, May 4, 2018 to respond to the class action complaint in court.
CNN interviewed two victims represented by Wigdor LLP, both of whom were included in the investigative report. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the women shared harrowing accounts of sexual assault by their drivers after being misled by Uber into believing that they would be transported safely.