20 women file lawsuit against Lyft, allege sexual assault by drivers

Lyft facing lawsuit from 20 women who say they were sexually assaulted by drivers

SAN FRANCISCO — Twenty women have filed a lawsuit against Lyft, alleging that ride-share drivers raped or sexually assaulted them.

In the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in San Francisco Superior Court, the victims contend that the company ignored their complaints and does little to ensure safety of female passengers. Lyft is based in San Francisco.

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“This company is harming thousands of women,” said California attorney Mike Bomberger, who filed the suit. “This platform attracts predators.”

The women are seeking unspecified financial damages and for Lyft to install cameras in drivers' vehicles, CBS News reported.

A Lyft spokesperson said the company is continuing to improve safety for its passengers. The company implemented 15 additional safety strategies, including background checks, earlier this year, CBS News reported.

“What these women describe is something no one should ever have to endure. Everyone deserves the ability to move about the world safely, yet women still face disproportionate risks,” officials said. “We recognize these risks, which is why we are relentless in our work to build safety into every aspect of our work. That means continually investing in new features and policies to protect our riders and drivers.”

Lawyers told CBS News that some of the victims were assaulted since those measures were launched.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.