“Jane Doe”, a Westchester (NY) woman groped and beaten by an Uber driver during an overnight trip from Manhattan to her home, is suing the popular ride-sharing company.
The anonymous victim says the alleged attack happened on June 8, 2018 in the back of a Toyota Camry, when driver Iqbal Hussain left her with a fractured shoulder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and years of anxiety and depression.
“I lost all sense of security”, the woman said to New York Post, speaking for the first time to the press about the incident.
According to her, everything It could have been prevented if Uber, which has long known thousands of women had been assaulted by their drivers, had taken steps to monitor or filter employees, alleges your claim in Manhattan Federal Court.
“Uber knew that the women who used (that company) to get a safe ride home were really at risk,” according to the claim.
“It was my best friend’s birthday, and I was supposed to stay at her apartment, and I decided at the last minute that I wanted to go home with my husband and my own bed, which I now regret,” the woman recalled, who worked at Wall St.
That night she logged on to the Uber app and, using her VIP status, requested a ride back home to Rye Brook from Chelsea (NYC), shortly after 1 am, a journey that should have taken only 40 minutes. But fell asleep on the way and woke up with a real nightmare.
“I felt someone touch me and I noticed that there was no one in the front seat of the car, I looked around and noticed that the car was parked on the side of the road”He recalled. As he tried to orient himself, he realized that the driver was sitting next to her, putting his hand under her dress, states.
“You just go into survival mode. I just tried to give a punch as hard as I could on the temple, ”said the victim, crying. Then he grabbed my right wrist and twisted my arm right, and I yelled at him to stop, because he was in excruciating pain. “
The attack stopped and Hussain eventually brought her home. On the empty road, the panicked victim felt she had no choice but to stay in the car.
The next day he went to the Westchester police. Hussain, who could not be reached for comment, was arrested and charged with sexual assault in first grade, but then he was acquitted during a trial in 2019, after questions were raised about where the assault occurred.
Almost 6 thousand women were attacked during Uber trips in 2017 and 2018 alone, recognized the company in December. “I am part of that statistic,” assured the New York plaintiff.
Her attorney, Bill Brewer, commented that “Uber knew that this car picked up this woman, knew where the intended location was, and knew that this Uber driver stopped off the route for 15 minutes. They knew it ”.
“They also know that thousands upon thousands of women had been sexually assaulted prior to that night by their drivers, yet they are advertised as the safe alternative to a yellow cab or some other type of traffic after dark,” Brewer continued.
Uber ensures that Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) of the city conducts background checks on its drivers in all five boroughs, and that he fired Hussain as soon as the assault was reported.
But the company, which declined to comment on the lawsuit, although it claimed that added additional background checks in 2019, and then this year it started requiring drivers to undergo training on sexual misconduct, among other security measures, including a “Trip Verification” feature to flag long and unexpected stops during a tour.
— New York Post (@nypost) October 31, 2020
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