"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", the legal complaint reads, according to Recode.
The women from Florida and California are not identified in the federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in San Francisco.
States have tried to force Uber's hand on the issue to no avail.
An Uber spokesperson said the company received the complaint today and is now reviewing it.
The complaint, filed in a U.S. district court in San Francisco, California, today seeks damages, stricter screening for drivers, insurance coverage for riders, and disclosure of the number of reports Uber has received about rapes, sexual assaults and gender-related harassment.
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Uber has historically deflected responsibility for victims who have been raped or sexual assaulted by drivers. After agreeing to let MA handle background checks on drivers, the state found that more than 10% of Uber and Lyft drivers did not make the cut. Nothing meaningful has been done to make rides safer for passengers - especially women. They are seeking substantial changes to how Uber vets its drivers, according to Recode, as well as compensation for instances of rape they themselves allegedly experienced.
Uber has always been under fire for its background check methods. Uber must make drastic changes to prevent another female rider from harm.
The suit was filed by Wigdor LLP, a NY law firm that has previously represented women who were allegedly victims of sexual violence at the hands of Uber drivers. It is time for Uber to "Do the right thing". Maryland, too, has conducted background checks on behalf Uber and Lyft and found that not all drivers pass its standards.
The lawsuit claims that by labeling itself as a "technology" company instead of a "transportation" company, that Uber has been able to avoid costlier background checks.
Uber, however, insisted that only 170 of those had claims of sexual assault and that the rest may have been "reports from riders who were making claims about sexual assault on other transport services, discussions about sexual assaults in the news, and reports about passengers who got into cars that were not Uber vehicles and were then sexually assaulted".