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Lyft & Uber Have Thousands of Sexual Assault Complaints: A Plethora of Lawsuits Have Been Filed

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Countless lawsuits have been filed against Lyft and Uber due to a plethora of customers being sexually assaulted, abducted, and physically abused while using their transportation services. According to The Guardian, "Lyft received more than 4,000 reports of sexual assaults during rides from 2017 to 2019, the company revealed in a new report, including 1,800 reports in 2019 alone." NBC reported, "Uber received 3,824 reports of sexual assault and misconduct from 2019 to 2020, according to the report, the second of its kind. That number is a 38% decrease compared to the 5,981 incidents reported from 2017-2018, according to company data released in 2019."

Ridesharing proves to be dangerous for women, teen passengers, and even female employees. ABC News' Kyra Phillips also stated that female rideshare drivers are attacked, harassed, solicited for sex, and even murdered by male passengers while working as rideshare drivers. NPR obtained a statement from an attorney representing many clients suing Lyft. She stated, "This is out of control. And this needs to stop," says attorney Laurel Simes, a partner in a San Francisco firm representing several dozen women who are suing the company. Simes says her firm has fielded more than 150 calls so far from women who say they were abused. And more calls come in every day.

The cases are reportedly so extensive that multiple law firms represent clients nationwide. "If the public knew the true number of sexual assaults by rideshare drivers, women might not ever ride with these companies again," says San Diego attorney Michael Bomberger, whose firm recently filed a lawsuit against Lyft on behalf of 14 rape and sexual assault victims, according to NPR.

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