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Uber Finally Clarifies What Constitutes Sexual Misconduct And Sexual Assault By Drivers And Riders

Uber Finally Clarifies What Constitutes Sexual Misconduct And Sexual Assault By Drivers And Riders
By: Dorothy Hyde Posted in: Uber Car Accidents

It sure seems as though your Uber driver will be more careful when complimenting you on your appearance or asking personal (and creepy) questions (aka “Hey, what panties are you wearing right now? Can I see them?”). Yuck.

Uber has finally listed all types of sexual misconduct and sexual assault reported by their riders and drivers over the past years, clarifying (for its drivers, for the most part) what they are not allowed to do to their riders during trips to avoid legal consequences.

Sexual harassment and sexual assault during a ride with Uber

Women know the reality all too well. You request a ride via Uber or Lyft, arrive home, and immediately call or text your best friends or relatives to let them know that you are still alive and that your ride went well. Let’s be honest, we have all done it, especially when we thought the way our Uber driver’s voice sounded on the phone was creepy or he looked somewhat intimidating or dangerous when you got into his car.

And you cannot blame women for doing that. After all, there are numerous reports from women (and men) who have been sexually harassed and assaulted by their rideshare drivers. “And now, finally, Uber is doing something about it,” says our Dallas Uber accident attorney from Law Offices Of Dorothy Hyde.

Uber releases a list of 21 types of sexual misconduct by drivers and riders

A few days back, the company, whose reputation has been severely damaged by a long list of reports of sexual misconduct and assaults, put out a list of 21 types of sexual misconduct and sexual assault. Uber divided these two into two sections to make it more readable for their drivers who are still not up to date as to what behavior is considered appropriate and inappropriate in the modern world.

The list ranges from “flirting” and “commenting on the rider’s appearance” all the way to “masturbation / indecent exposure” and “non-consensual sexual penetration.”

Uber, which promised a full report sometime next year, said it made the list in cooperation with the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) and Urban Institute.

Types of sexual misconduct and sexual assault

Sexual misconduct:

  1. Staring or leering;
  2. Asking personal questions;
  3. Making comments about or complimenting on appearance;
  4. Flirting;
  5. Making explicit gestures;
  6. Making explicit comments;
  7. Displaying indecent material (photos, posters, videos, audio) in the vehicle;
  8. Taking indecent photos without consent;
  9. Soliciting sexual content;
  10. Masturbation / indecent exposure; and
  11. Threatening to sexually assault.

Sexual assault:

  1. Attempting touching of a non-sexual body part;
  2. Attempting touching of a sexual body part;
  3. Attempted kissing of a non-sexual body part;
  4. Attempted kissing of a sexual body part;
  5. Non-consensual touching of a non-sexual body part;
  6. Non-consensual touching of a sexual body part;
  7. Non-consensual kissing of a non-sexual body part;
  8. Non-consensual kissing of a sexual body part;
  9. Attempted non-consensual sexual penetration; and
  10. Non-consensual sexual penetration.

If you have experienced any of the above-mentioned types of sexual misconduct during your ride with Uber, do not hesitate to contact our Dallas Uber accident attorney from Law Offices Of Dorothy Hyde. Schedule a free consultation by calling at 214-883-1700.

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