Lyft unifies transportation options inside its app
Lyft is countering Uber's moves by making it easier to find every transportation option inside its app -- including the ones that won't give the company a dime. It's rolling out updates that unify transportation searches, whether it's bikes, scooters, rideshares, rentals or mass transit. The standard search now displays every choice within view rather than defaulting to ridesharing, and lets you compare options once you've set a destination.The changes should take effect over the "next few weeks.
A new lawsuit out of California claims Lyft isn't doing enough to protect female passengers. The complaint, filed in the company's home city of San Francisco, includes at least 14 unnamed women who say they were either sexually assaulted or raped by their Lyft drivers. In one instance, a woman says she was raped by her driver after he told her, "I love you." Another says her driver asked her for money and sexual favors, and said, "gratuity is for pocket and yummy is for me." Both women add Lyft did not tell them if it had fired the drivers for their behavior.
Estey & Bomberger, the law firm that launched the suit, says Lyft received almost 100 sexual assault complaints between 2014 and 2016. One of the lawyers involved in the suit added, "the cases are coming to us at a rate of five to 10 per week." In a statement to, a Lyft spokesperson did not address the suit specifically. Instead, they said, "Our commitment is stronger than ever, as we dedicate more resources in our continued effort to ensure our riders and drivers have the safest possible experience."
Uber reportedly tells its staff not to disclose potential crimes
Uber has faced numerous sexual assault charges against its drivers in its time, but has repeatedly assured its users that it's taking steps to strengthen security for riders. Now, TheWashington Post has revealed that despite these measures, Uber's customer service department is reportedly skewed in favor of the company, no matter how serious the complaints -- the majority of which involve sexual assault. According to The Washington Post, a number of Uber's Special Investigations employees have come forward to reveal that they are forbidden from contacting the police or advising victims to pursue legal advice following an instance of assault.
This new lawsuit is not the first to challenge Lyft's image as a safe, more socially conscious alternative to Uber. In August, The Washington Postin which several women shared their experiences of sexual assault while using Lyft. Notably, at the time the company said it could do more to protect female passengers.
One of the realities of the situation is that Lyft has been slow to add safety-related features. Uber's app, for instance, has included ansince the middle of 2018. Lyft, by contrast, only . The company has been slow in other areas as well. It took Lyft almost a full year longer than Uber to put its drivers through recurring background checks.
Broadly speaking, sexual assault isn't a problem unique to Lyft. Last year, a CNN investigation found that at leasthad been accused of sexual assault. The one issue that connects both companies is that their drivers are contractors. As a result, neither can put them through mandatory sexual harassment training. In other words, the companies aren't structured in a way to address a systemic issue like sexual assault.
Accused of racial discrimination, JP Morgan will pay $ 55 million
JP Morgan is in the sights of the US justice. Thefiled suit against the bank Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan. He denounces the bank's "irresponsible disregard" for at least 53,000 black American and Hispanic customers between 2006 and 2009. The reason is that JP Morgan applied to them more expensive real estate loan rates than those charged to their fellow white citizens, presenting the same borrowing profile. According to the complaint, an American black man signing a loan of $ 191,100 on average paid $ 1,126 more over the first five years of the loan than a white borrower. A Hispanic borrower with a loan of 236,800 dollars paid an average of 968 dollars more.
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Drivers The Justice Accuses JP Morgan of Violating the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Credit Opportunity, US Laws Guaranteeing Equal Access to credit without discrimination. Choosing an amicable settlement, the bank will pay $ 55 million to put an end to the dispute. By comparison, the Wells Fargo Bank had agreed to pay $ 175 million in 2012 for a similar case, says the.
JP Morgan Sought for Second Complaint on Same Day
"We agree to settle these price-fixing allegations by independent brokers," JPMorgan spokesperson Elizabeth Seymour told. "We deny any wrongdoing and we are committed to providing equal access to credit." According to the complaint, JP Morgan left it to the discretion of its network of brokers to set credit rates, "without asking for justification" indirectly "encouraging" them to continue.
On the same day, the US Department of Justice also filed an appeal against JP Morgan for discrimination against its employees since May 2012. According to the complaint, the bank based in New York would have paid at least 93 women less than their counterparts. male counterparts for identical positions.
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Lyft's stricter safety policy could make it harder to ban bad drivers .
Lyft has implemented a new set of safety guidelines and protocols that current and former employees worry will allow unsafe drivers to return to the platform, according to The Washington Post. In June, Lyft created a new Safety Policy and Community Compliance (SPCC) team that currently makes any final decisions related to the removal of a driver from the platform using a "decision matrix." At the same time, the company effectively demoted its Trust and Safety team, which was previously responsible for banning drivers.