What is the Problem?Considering that Uber removed Ali as a driver as soon as information regarding his violent history of war crimes became available, it is safe to assume that Uber would have never allowed him to drive for 18 months had this information been revealed in the background check. In this specific case, the problem was that Uber did not request information regarding any civil cases against Ali. In general, employers do not request this information because it could be too subjective and could affect the hiring process in unfair ways.
Find out more about how we can help you. CHAT LIVE with a representative now.Without a doubt, there are some civil cases that might be unrelated to a party’s ability to perform a job safely. For instance, a civil case for theft might not affect employment as much as a civil case for assault and battery. Likewise, a civil case for slander might not affect employment as much as a civil lawsuit for sexual assault. Over the years, civil cases have been ignored during background checks. How many criminals could have been identified if civil cases were part of normal background checks? How many victims would have been spared their traumatic experiences had employees with such gruesome backgrounds been identified? Fortunately, there have been no incidents in which Ali victimized any riders during his time as an Uber driver – at least, there have not been any reported incidents. By allowing a war criminal to drive for Uber, the company needlessly put thousands of riders at risk during the 18-month period that Ali was a driver.
About Negligent HiringNegligent hiring occurs when employers fail to take the appropriate measures to ensure that they are hiring people that will not put others in direct risk. For instance, schools have to ensure that they are not hiring teachers that have a history of crimes against children. Likewise, nursing homes have to ensure that they are not hiring nurses with a history of elder abuse. With all the allegations of sexual assault against Uber and rideshare companies, these companies must ensure that their drivers do not have a history of sex crimes.
Filing a Claim and Recovering CompensationCompanies have the duty of ensuring that their employees do not pose a threat to their customers or clients. Uber has a duty to ensure that their drivers do not pose a threat to their riders. If you believe that the harm that you suffered as a rider was caused by Uber’s negligent hiring practices, it is essential that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Depending on the specific details of your claim, you might be eligible to receive compensation. Some of the compensation that you might receive could include the following: medical expenses; lost wages; pain and suffering; loss of consortium; funeral and burial costs; punitive damages. If you would like to learn more about the specific type and amount of compensation that you might be eligible to receive, do not hesitate to contact our law firm as soon as possible. Our experts are ready to provide you with the legal assistance that you need to reach a successful claim outcome.
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