Two women sue Uber, al­lege sex­ual as­sault by drivers

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SAN FRAN­CISCO — 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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