No word on his immigration status. Source: Uber sexual assault: Ride-hailing company hit with another lawsuit
Uber once again is facing accusations that its ride-hailing service is unsafe after another woman says she was sexually assaulted by her driver.
The woman, a college freshman identified only as “Jane Doe” in a lawsuit she filed against Uber this week in San Francisco Superior Court, is accusing the company of negligence in hiring the driver, assault, battery, false imprisonment, infliction of emotional distress and fraud.
The driver, Salim Mohamed Salem, also known as Salim Mohamed Abdussalam, had a criminal record and should have been prevented from driving an Uber, according to the complaint.
Uber did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The unnamed passenger ordered an Uber in East Lansing, Michigan on Monday after drinking earlier in the evening, according to the complaint, and vomited once she got in the car. After she was sick, the woman claims the driver rubbed her back “in an unwanted and inappropriate manner.” He began driving in the opposite direction of the passenger’s requested destination while continuing to touch her, including under her shirt, according to the complaint. She says the driver eventually stopped in an isolated area, ordered her into the backseat, and sexually assaulted her.
The 3-mile trip took 28 minutes, according to the complaint.
Echoing accusations Uber has been fighting for months, the woman’s lawyers accuse Uber of marketing its rides as a safe option — particularly for women who have been drinking — when in reality, they claim the company doesn’t do enough to ensure its passengers are protected. The lawyers point out that Uber doesn’t require its drivers to undergo background checks based on their fingerprints, and has fought attempts by regulators and lawmakers to force them to do so.
According to the complaint, Uber knew or should have known that the driver in this case had a record of at least on prior arrest, at least one bench warrant for failing to appear in court, and possibly a second driver’s license issued from another state.
More of Uber’s Muslim rapes here. And just in case anyone was wondering which side Uber and other Silicon Valley tech companies take when it comes to Muslim refugees/immigrants or Americans, it quickly became obvious this weekend:
Over the weekend, openly defiant CEOs, particularly among the tech sector, expressed their displeasure with Trump’s Friday executive order temporarily banning refugees and limiting travel from seven Muslim countries, with both words and deeds, among which the following (summary courtesy of Axios):
- VCs funding the ACLU: Several venture capitalists, as well as a few entrepreneurs, took turns soliciting donations to the American Civil Liberties Union through social media and personally matching those donations.
- Airbnb volunteers to help provide housing for impacted immigrants: The home-sharing company said that it will work with travelers and organizations to provide housing for those impacted by the executive order, whether through volunteer hosts or by funding housing.
- Lyft and Uber commit millions of dollars to legal aid: On Sunday, Lyft said it will donate $1 million to the ACLU over the next four years. Later in the day, Uber said it will create a $3 million legal defense fund for impacted drivers, as well as provide legal assistance and compensate their lost wages.
- Google is setting up a $2 million crisis fund: The search giant has set up a fund that will donate to the American Civil Liberties Union, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, International Rescue Committee, and UNHCR.