“Rideshare” services—such as those provided by Uber Technologies, Inc. (“Uber”) and Lyft, Inc. (“Lyft”)—initially revolutionized the rideshare or individual occupancy experience for both passengers and those interested in becoming a rideshare driver. However, over time it became apparent that passengers—particularly when traveling alone—may be subject to sexual harassment and abuse by their driver.
Uber is facing thousands of reports of sexual assault occurring during rides in the United States. Lyft, while trailing Uber in complaints, is itself experiencing mounting reports of sexual abuse at the hands of Lyft-employed drivers. In response, Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing companies have initiated stricter safety regulations to filter out drivers that have or may cause passengers harm. For instance, since 2018 Uber has reportedly deactivated approximately 40,000 drivers for safety check failures and/or driver-specific complaints.
Sexual abuse in the rideshare context can take many forms. These include, but are not limited to: requests for sexual favors; verbal sexual harassment (including obscene jokes); unwanted touching or physical contact; discussion of sexual relations or fantasies; indecent exposure; the provision of pornographic material; and, of course, overt forced sexual acts upon the passenger.
Slater Slater Schulman LLP is dedicated to the confidential representation of individuals sexually abused during a rideshare experience. If you or someone you love has suffered this form of abuse and wishes to file a claim, please contact Slater Slater Schulman LLP for a free, confidential consultation by filling out the form on this page or by calling our office at (800) 251-6990.