Uber is being sued by 550 women who allege they were sexually assaulted, harassed or attacked by Uber drivers, according to law firm Slater Slater Schulman.
The complaints, filed Wednesday in San Francisco County Superior Court, allege that women across several states, including California, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, were "kidnapped, sexually assaulted, sexually battered, raped, falsely imprisoned, stalked, harassed or otherwise attacked by Uber drivers."
So far, about 24 separate complaints have been filed. The remaining cases for the 550 women will be filed in batches. In addition, another 150 cases are being looked into by the law firm.
"Sexual assault is a horrific crime and we take every single report seriously," an Uber spokesperson said in an emailed statement to CNET. "While we can't comment on pending litigation, we will continue to keep safety at the heart of our work."
141 rape reports in 2020.was released last month. It included
In 2015, Uber was, and in 2018 it faced additional . Its first US safety report, released in late 2019, noted .
"While the company has acknowledged this crisis of sexual assault in recent years, its actual response has been slow and inadequate, with horrific consequences," said Adam Slater, founding partner of Slater Slater Schulman. "There is so much more that Uber can be doing to protect riders: adding cameras to deter assaults, performing more robust background checks on drivers, creating a warning system when drivers don't stay on a path to a destination."
In 2019,, including the ability to directly text 911 responders. It also has , which pings drivers and passengers if it detects an unusually long stop or crash.
Correction, July 15: An earlier version of this article misstated how many complaints have been filed against Uber. The law firm representing the plaintiffs clarified that about 24 have been filed so far, with the rest of the 550 cases to be filed in batches.