SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – A San Francisco law firm plans to file up to 1,000 separate sexual assault and harassment lawsuits against Uber and Lyft.
The personal injury firm, Levin Simes Abrams, most recently filed 85 lawsuits against Uber, most of them in San Francisco’s superior court.
While the law firm represents clients around the country, they say about a third of those 1,000 cases represent Bay Area and California residents.
And they say this is only the tip of the iceberg.
Rachel Abrams and her partner Laurel Simes at Levin Simes Abrams law firm based in San Francisco, represent hundreds of women here in California and across the country where they say their rideshare experience turned dangerous.
Their law firm is currently in the process of filing up to 1,000 separate sexual assault and harassment lawsuits against Uber and Lyft.
They say about a third of those cases happened in California a large chunk specifically in the Bay Area.
The law firm most recently filed 85 suits against Uber, most of them in San Francisco superior court.
They say these are individual cases, not class-action lawsuits because the details and severity of the cases widely vary.
Simes says they took on their first client in a case against Uber about two years ago, and since then, hundreds of more women have come forward.
In many of these cases, they say the drivers have taken advantage of vulnerable women, whether they were intoxicated, fell asleep, or their phone died.
A statement to KRON4 from Uber said:
“Sexual assault is a devastating crime and although no industry is immune from these issues, we remain steadfast in our commitment to support victims and help stop sexual violence by collaborating with experts, pioneering safety tech solutions, and setting the standard on transparency and accountability.”
Uber releases a U.S. Safety Report to be transparent about safety data, including incidents of sexual assault. According to Uber’s report, 99.9% of trips end without any safety reports at all. The percentage of trips that had a critical safety incident reported was 0.0003%, Uber said.
Lyft provided the following statement to KRON4: “What these women describe is something no one should ever have to endure. Everyone deserves the ability to move about the world safely, yet women still face disproportionate risks. We recognize these risks, which is why we are relentless in our work to build safety into every aspect of our work. That means continually investing in new features and policies to protect our riders and drivers.”