A Chicago woman has filed a lawsuit against Uber and one of its drivers alleging that the driver fondled and harassed her during a recent ride. The lawsuit, which is seeking at least $50,000 in damages, is the latest in a string of poor public relations incidents for the San Francisco-based ride-sharing company.
The complaint, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, alleges that an Uber driver began driving in the wrong direction during a March 8 trip. The lawsuit says the driver then asked the woman to move up to the front seat to help him navigate before making unwanted comments and groping her. He allegedly refused to let her out of the car until the woman threatened to call the police.
According to a statement emailed by Uber, the driver’s account was deactivated after the woman contacted the company.