Uber Sued At Least 435 Times In 2017, Says Report
Uber has been has been sued at least 435 times so far in 2017, according to Courthouse News, a statistic showing a company being hit from several directions.
With the time parameters from January 1, 2017 to mid-day August 23, 2017, Uber averages more than 1.8 lawsuits a day.
In comparison, Lyft has only been on the receiving end of legal complaints 115 times in that same time frame, Courthouse News told The Daily Caller News Foundation. Courthouse News, which has offices and reporters in various parts of the U.S., tasks certain employees with going to federal and regional courthouses and analyzing official records. The news organization also told TheDCNF that there appears to have been two more lawsuits since their original report, which listed 433, was published Tuesday.
The corporate culture and conduct of the ride-sharing service turned tech conglomerate has been criticized regularly in recent months and years. With allegations of sexual harassment, systemic sexism, rampant lewd behavior, a cutthroat work culture, and stolen classified files, Uber is facing a multitude of lawsuits.
Claims made against the company also include failure to properly train or vet drivers, and lack of available services for disabled passengers. (RELATED: Uber Forced To Pay Advocacy Group $2.38 Million For Not Picking Up Blind People)
“Uber has publicly opposed more stringent background checks for drivers and refused to conduct personal interviews with them,” Dave Sutton, a spokesman for a “public safety campaign” on behalf of the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association, told TheDCNF. “This belligerent corporate stance has clearly increased the grounds for lawsuits.”
A lot of the embarrassments Uber has suffered don’t just stem from litigation — some of which are available to the public — but also internal leaks. Some of the company’s missteps may have never been publicized if it wasn’t for former and current employees relaying information to media outlets.
Uber did not respond to TheDCNF’s request for comment by time of publication.
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