A Washington, DC woman, has sued Uber for its negligence and consumer protection violations after being sexually assaulted by one of the company’s drivers.
The victim, who has been listed as Jane Doe in court documents, allegedly said that Uber describes itself as a safe method of transportation for women, especially if they have been drunk but in fact, they put those women in harm’s way.
According to the court documents obtained, Jane was sexually assaulted by Raul E. Rodriguez Vasquez on April 1st, 2018.
DNA samples of the victim and the suspect were collected during police investigations after which Jane was proven to be right.
Raul was arrested with sexual assault charges. He pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse and is currently serving jail time.
The victim is seeking $10 million in damages from both the driver and the transport company to compensate for the emotional and physical injuries she suffered from the assault.
According to media reports, over a period of four years, at least 103 Uber drivers have been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing their passengers in the US alone.
This is the latest civil case in which Uber has faced a problem with sexual assault and abuse by its drivers. According to media reports, a total of 31 Uber drivers have been convicted for crimes.
In June 2017, the company fired more than 20 employees after multiple investigations in which its drivers raped or sexually assaulted women.
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