Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the The Daily Wire. The author of this post is Mary Margaret Olohan.
Uber is being accused of using abortion activism to cover up the company's alleged mistreatment of women.
A new ad campaign launched Thursday by the conservative organization Consumer's Research hones in on allegations that female Uber passengers in multiple states have been "kidnapped, sexually assaulted, sexually battered, raped, falsely imprisoned, stalked, harassed, or otherwise attacked"
by their Uber drivers.
Consumer's Research accuses Uber of attempting to mask these allegations through its abortion activism - such as Uber's promise to cover travel expenses for employee out of state abortions or the legal fees of drivers sued under Texas's abortion law (these drivers would only be held liable under the law if there was proof that the driver knew that his passenger was on her way to abort her unborn baby that had a heartbeat).
"Uber's woke leadership is attempting to hide behind the fig leaf of funding abortion travel for employees rather than fixing serious problems such as sexual assaults on customers and subjecting pregnant workers to discrimination and unsafe working conditions,"
said the organization's executive director, Will Hild.
"The truth is that Uber's behavior toward women has been nothing short of horrifying, and assuming that paying for abortion expenses is somehow going to make it all better is manipulative and extremely misguided,"
That ad, which will air nationally, specifically in San Francisco where Uber is headquartered, and in prominent business hubs like New York City and Washington D.C, is part of the multi-million dollar Consumers First Initiative honing in on woke capitalism at play in corporations like BlackRock, Nike, Coca-Cola, American Airlines, TicketMaster and Major League Baseball.
"Uber pretends they care about women"
by "helping pay for abortions,"
the ad said. "But we know the truth. Protect your customers. Stop serving woke politicians."
Uber did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Daily Wire. The company currently faces a lawsuit from hundreds of women claiming to have been assaulted by Uber drivers.
"As early as 2014, Uber became aware that its drivers were sexually assaulting and raping female passengers; nevertheless, in the eight years since, sexual predators driving for Uber have continued to attack passengers, including the plaintiffs whose claims were alleged in today's action,"
the Slater Slater Schulman law firm said of the lawsuit in a July press release.
Following news of the lawsuit, Uber said that the company could not comment on pending litigation but promised to "keep safety at the heart of our work."
"While the firm claims to be representing at least 550 women with cases - the law firm has only filed 12 to date,"
Uber said at the time. "They have not been able to provide any critical incident details for us to identify a connection to the Uber platform."
The law firm told CNBC that it had filed 24 claims as of late July, reiterating that it was representing 550 clients who are accusing Uber of sexual assault, and noting that at least 150 more assault claims are being investigated.
"The cases have been and will continue to be filed in multi-party complaints, which means they are not filed all at once as they would in a class action,"
the firm said.
In its second safety report, released about two weeks before the lawsuit, Uber said that it had received 3,824 reports of sexual assault in 2019 and 2020. These sexual assault reports reportedly ranging from "non-consensual kissing of a non-sexual body part"
to "non-consensual sexual penetration,"
or rape, Uber said.