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Are Ubers really safe?

Alejandro Muentes, reporter

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We need to be more careful; sexual harassment is happening in Ubers, and we take them.

In a random survey of 100 Morton East high school students 63% have taken a Uber.

In June, Uber fired 20 employees after they hired law firm Perkins Coie to investigate claims of harassment, discrimination, and bullying. They investigated 215 staff complaints going as far back as 2012 but only took actions in 58 cases. This led to Ubers CEO Travis Kalanick to step down from office. But, he wasn’t the only Uber employee to resign, Uber chief spokesman, president of ridesharing, head of finance, and senior vice president of engineering have also left.

In November of 2017, 2 women filed a lawsuit against Uber on behalf of individuals who have experienced “rape, sexual assault, physical violence and gender motivated harassment.” They are reviewing a list with options to prevent this from happening such as,

  • Installing temper-proof video cameras in all Uber vehicles
  • Require all Uber drivers nationwide to undergo in-person screening interviews and vehicle examination
  • Include in-app panic buttons, disable child0lock features from all Uber vehicles
  • Make high resolution driver photos available for all consumers nationwide to view on their phones to guard against identity fraud
  • Require drivers to inform Uber within 24 hours if they have been indicted or charged on any felony involving physical force, violence or weapons, including kidnapping, or misdemeanors involving physical or sexual conduct

Uber has hired Francis Frei, a high-profile management consultant to help turn around the company.

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Are Ubers really safe?