2 women sue Uber, alleging sexual assault by drivers

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 file photo, an Uber App is displayed on a phone in London. Britain's Employment Appeal Tribunal Friday Nov. 10, 2017 ruled that drivers of the ride-hailing service Uber are entitled to basic protections such as a guaranteed minimum wage and paid time off. Judge Jennifer Eady dismissed an appeal Friday from the company in a closely watched decision that is expected to have broad implications for the so-called gig economy. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, file)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Two women are suing Uber, alleging that inadequate driver background checks and monitoring left them and thousands of others vulnerable to sexual assault.

The women from Florida and California are not identified in the federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in San Francisco. Each alleges being sexually assaulted by Uber drivers who gave them rides home.

Uber says it’s reviewing the complaint and that the allegations are important and will be taken seriously.

The lawsuit alleges that Uber markets to young women traveling alone and puts profits over their safety. It seeks safety measures including driver background checks using fingerprints and a panic button for the Uber app that alerts the company and police.

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