Gascon and his counterpart in Los Angeles filed a civil complaint against Uber last December. That complaint said Uber was misleading passengers about its driver's backgrounds. This new document actually lists the criminal backgrounds of dozens of its drivers.
Murder, lewd acts with children, kidnapping, assault with a firearm, robbery, ID theft. The amended complaint cites 22 drivers with serious felonies who passed Uber's background checks.
DA Gascon files amended lawsuit against Uber,charging poor background checks of drivers, saying its hiring sex offenders & other criminals— Vic Lee (@vicleeabc7) August 19, 2015
What's more, Gascon says many former sex offenders won't show up on its system at all.
"Approximately 30,000 registered sex offenders do not appear on the public registry available to identify sex offenders," he said.
According to the DA, Uber's system has big gaping holes.
"The background process cannot tell if someone was convicted of a serious crime that was more than seven years ago," he said.
Taxi drivers in most cities undergo checks using their fingerprints. It's a process that Gascon says Uber does not do.
"If you have a fingerprint background, the fact that they were arrested and convicted would show," he said.
"The system that we've put into place, we believe, is extensive and detailed," said Uber spokesperson Nairi Hourdajian.
She points to this as an example, "Over 1,000 taxi and delivery drivers have failed Uber's background checks system as sex offenders and violent criminals," Hourdajian said.
And Uber says the reality is, "No background check process is 100 percent foolproof," Hourdajian said. "And we have had good discussions with the district attorneys and we respectfully disagree at this point."
Gascon charges that misleading the public is an unfair business practice which violates the law.
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