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Uber priotised growth over safety, alleges new US class-action suit

A class action lawsuit representing 550 women who allege sexual harassment and assault by Uber drivers raises questions on platform accountability yet again

"As early as 2014, Uber became aware that its drivers were sexually assaulting and raping female passengers; nevertheless, in the eight years since, sexual predators driving for Uber have continued to attack passengers" reads a new lawsuit filed against cab aggregator service Uber in a United States of America court by law firm Slater Slater Schulman, according to a statement on July 13th. According to the statement, the law firm represents 550 clients who claim to have faced such assaults and are investigating 150 more and even otherwise, focuses on representing survivors of catastrophic and traumatic events. While we have elaborated on their allegations below, in a statement to BBC, Uber said the following:  "Sexual assault is a horrific crime and we take every single report seriously. There is nothing more important than safety, which is why Uber has built new safety features, established survivor-centric policies, and been more transparent about serious incidents. While we can't comment on pending litigation, we will continue to keep safety at the heart of our work." The lawsuit comes on the heels of the company's Second US Safety report, released last month, which showed it received over 3,000 reports of serious sexual assault occurring during use of its services, some of whom have been mentioned in the lawsuit according to the statement. The suit also details into how the company prioritised growth over user safety, the statement says. Why it matters? Reports of sexual harassment and assault of women while using Uber's Safety has…

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