Lyft has yet to disclose sexual assault incidents as cases grow
June 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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More than three years after ridehail companies Uber and Lyft first pledged to release safety reports disclosing incidents of sexual assault and abuse on their platforms, Lyft has yet to do so. Meanwhile, hundreds of passengers are now lining up for potential lawsuits over alleged incidents of this nature, plaintiff lawyers tell CNN Business.
(CNN Business)More than three years after ridehail companies Uber and Lyft first pledged to release safety reports disclosing incidents of sexual assault and abuse on their platforms, Lyft has yet to do so.
In May 2018, after a CNN investigation into sexual assault and abuse incidents by ride-hail drivers, Uber (UBER) and Lyft (LYFT), each committed to releasing safety transparency reports that would disclose internal data on the most severe safety incidents on their platforms.
In May 2020, Lyft told CNN Business the company planned to release the report that year.
In March 2021, Lyft's head of policy development, Jennifer Brandenburger, cited a roadblock: Lyft, she said, is waiting for Uber to resolve its ongoing issue with the California Public Utilities Commission prior to releasing its own report.
As Lyft waits, legal cases against the company continue to grow stemming from its handling of alleged sexual assault and rape incidents.
Some of the cases allege Lyft has been aware that its drivers were sexually assaulting and raping female passengers for years but has failed to take adequate steps to protect passengers and warn them of the issue.
According to Levin Simes Abrams LLP, one of three firms bringing cases against Lyft, the number of passengers seeking legal counsel over alleged sexual assault and abuse claims by Lyft drivers is much higher.