Amid growing concerns over Uber passengers’ safety, prosecutors in California allege that the background checks the company conducts on drivers failed to weed out 25 drivers with criminal records, including convictions for murder, assault, sex offenses and child abuse. Among the drivers in Uber’s service were a convicted murder and a felon convicted of sex offenses against a minor, prosecutors charge. The charges were included in an amended complaint filed Wednesday by the district attorneys of Los Angeles and San Francisco, the ride-hailing service’s hometown.
- The original lawsuit, filed in December , charged the startup with misleading consumers about their safety on the service and the quality of its driver background checks.
- Prosecutors allege that a background check generated for Uber in 2014 failed to reveal the criminal history for the driver, who provided 1,168 rides.
- Los Angeles and San Francisco are convinced that Uber’s background checks aren’t as good as the company claims they are, and it looks the two cities might have ample proof that this is a real, consistent problem.