The Beverly Hills lawsuit against Uber alleges the driver sexually assaulted a woman who fell asleep in the back seat

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (CNS)– A woman is suing Uber Technologies Inc., alleging a driver sexually assaulted her after she fell asleep in the back seat of his car in 2021, a ride she summoned because she found it too unsafe to drive herself after she was caught friends had drunk.

The plaintiff is identified only as Jane EN Doe in the Beverly Hills Superior Court lawsuit against the car service alleging sexual harassment and assault, gender-based violence, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence. Doe is seeking unspecified and punitive damages.

“Uber’s response to the systemic problem of sexual assault and rape of its female customers and passengers has been woefully inadequate,” the lawsuit states.

Since 2014, thousands of female Uber riders have suffered unlawful sexual misconduct at the hands of their UBER drivers, including rape, sexual assault and physical violence, according to the lawsuit.

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On Aug. 21, 2021, Doe sought an Uber ride home after a night out with friends in downtown Los Angeles, the lawsuit alleges.

The driver was about a quarter mile from Doe’s home when he pulled over, got into the back seat and sexually assaulted the sleeping plaintiff, the lawsuit says.

Doe continues to suffer “extreme mental and physical pain, shock, emotional distress, physical manifestations of emotional distress, embarrassment, loss of self-esteem, shame, humiliation and loss of zest for life,” the lawsuit states.

An Uber spokesman said the company would not comment on the details of the allegations and lawsuit, but noted that the company has introduced a wide range of safety features to protect drivers.

“The details reported by the driver are chilling,” the Uber spokesman said. “While we cannot comment on pending litigation, we disabled the driver as soon as the incident was reported to us and we are committed to assisting the police with their investigation.”

The company’s safety features include means for drivers to reach emergency authorities, as well as monitors to see if a ride has an unusually long pause. You can find these features at Company website here and at A videos here.

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