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August 20, 2015

Uber accused of hiring drivers with criminal records

Company has been asked to stop making false claims about background checks.

By CBR Staff Writer

Uber has come under fire for hiring drivers with criminal records including murder, child abuse, and sexual assault, who are driving cabs in the streets of San Francisco and Los Angeles.

San Francisco district attorney’s office filed an expanded lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court accusing Uber of false advertising about driver background checks.

District Attorney George Gascon said that there are 30,000 registered sex offenders in California, and they did not appear in the public registry Uber uses in its background checks. It was further highlighted that the checks only go back seven years.

Gascon also added that Uber cannot make claims unless it puts it drivers through the same fingerprinting process required of taxi drivers in California.

The original lawsuit was filed in December when Gascon and Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey had filed a lawsuit which objects to the company’s claim that it uses an industry-leading process to vet its drivers.

The two California district attorneys were involved in a similar lawsuit with Lyft last year.

Later the issue was settled when the company agreed to pay $250,000 and to stop claiming its background checks were among the best in the industry.

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