Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Lawsuit against Lyft following alleged rape

Company accused of putting "profits over people"

"Lyft knew that numerous women had been assaulted by drivers," says the lawsuit.
"Lyft knew that numerous women had been assaulted by drivers," says the lawsuit.

A woman who was allegedly raped by a Lyft driver in Cardiff in December 2016 has filed a lawsuit against the company and the driver in state court.

The lawsuit, filed by the unnamed victim, is suing the popular “ride-sharing” company for failing to supervise and train, negligent hiring, and for misrepresenting itself as a safe taxi service. The driver, Enrique Godoy, is also named in the lawsuit.

According to the complaint, the woman (referred to as Jane Doe in the lawsuit) hailed her driver just after 7 p.m. on December 9 from a friend's house in Cardiff. The woman claims that during the following hours Godoy "viciously and brutally raped" her. She suffered from lacerations on her nose and arms, as well as significant tissue damage from the sexual assault.

The woman reported the alleged assault to the police and Lyft's headquarters on December 10.

"These allegations are horrifying and our concern is with the victim," said Lyft spokesman Scott Coriell. "The first we were made aware of this incident was when we were contacted by law enforcement, at which time we permanently deactivated the driver's account. We have been working with law enforcement to support their investigation and will continue to assist going forward."

Attorneys for the woman say the company failed to properly screen Godoy before hiring him and that Lyft conducts substandard security checks of its drivers.

"Lyft knew that its security screening was deficient, that its background checks were below industry standards, and that its drivers were not trained or supervised, or given sexual harassment and abuse standards," reads the complaint. "Lyft knew that numerous women had been assaulted by drivers [and] that it was not safe for intoxicated women to get into cars with its drivers. Lyft intentionally concealed these facts, and deliberately represented the opposite — that its drivers offered the safest options for solo, intoxicated women seeking late night transportation."

Attorneys accuse the company of implementing a policy of "profits over people" and because of that has ignored safety measures and thorough background checks in favor of recruiting additional drivers.

San Diego County Superior Court judge Randa Trapp will preside over the case.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Dennis Caco's Mission Valley missing Midori

Max Boost creator finds car near Sweetwater Road
"Lyft knew that numerous women had been assaulted by drivers," says the lawsuit.
"Lyft knew that numerous women had been assaulted by drivers," says the lawsuit.

A woman who was allegedly raped by a Lyft driver in Cardiff in December 2016 has filed a lawsuit against the company and the driver in state court.

The lawsuit, filed by the unnamed victim, is suing the popular “ride-sharing” company for failing to supervise and train, negligent hiring, and for misrepresenting itself as a safe taxi service. The driver, Enrique Godoy, is also named in the lawsuit.

According to the complaint, the woman (referred to as Jane Doe in the lawsuit) hailed her driver just after 7 p.m. on December 9 from a friend's house in Cardiff. The woman claims that during the following hours Godoy "viciously and brutally raped" her. She suffered from lacerations on her nose and arms, as well as significant tissue damage from the sexual assault.

The woman reported the alleged assault to the police and Lyft's headquarters on December 10.

"These allegations are horrifying and our concern is with the victim," said Lyft spokesman Scott Coriell. "The first we were made aware of this incident was when we were contacted by law enforcement, at which time we permanently deactivated the driver's account. We have been working with law enforcement to support their investigation and will continue to assist going forward."

Attorneys for the woman say the company failed to properly screen Godoy before hiring him and that Lyft conducts substandard security checks of its drivers.

"Lyft knew that its security screening was deficient, that its background checks were below industry standards, and that its drivers were not trained or supervised, or given sexual harassment and abuse standards," reads the complaint. "Lyft knew that numerous women had been assaulted by drivers [and] that it was not safe for intoxicated women to get into cars with its drivers. Lyft intentionally concealed these facts, and deliberately represented the opposite — that its drivers offered the safest options for solo, intoxicated women seeking late night transportation."

Attorneys accuse the company of implementing a policy of "profits over people" and because of that has ignored safety measures and thorough background checks in favor of recruiting additional drivers.

San Diego County Superior Court judge Randa Trapp will preside over the case.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

North Park – the prime quartier

30th Street parking, Georgia Street bridge, PSA crash, water tower, North Park Main Street
Next Article

Tahona Bar takes it to the street

Perks include cemetery view dining, and cocktails out of a VW bus
Comments
4

There was absolutely no way that Lyft, Uber, or any other of these ride services could have done a full criminal background check on all those drivers that they recruited so rapidly. And as far as training them, well, did any of the services ever have an employee get face-to-face with a driver? I doubt it. The system, if you can call it that, was to purge the bad apples after they did something questionable or downright criminal.

And not to blame the victim, but climbing into a car while intoxicated is not recommended, despite the advice to those who have over-imbibed to "take a taxi." Lyft is definitely NOT a taxi.

Aug. 26, 2017

Yellow Cab is paying now for years of unreliable "service" with the competition of cheaper, readily available Lyft and Uber. Unfortunately, the client continues to be disadvantaged with these gig economy innovations which are definitely cheaper in price but unreliable in their own special ways. To my knowledge, drivers for Uber and Lyft remain unvetted, without secure background checks. Also, working conditions for these drivers are Third World: after using their own cars, paying for gas, no tips and a cut to the company, there is little livelihood left.

Aug. 26, 2017

That Uber model lacks a few legs to stand on. Many people forget that cars wear out, and the more you use them, i.e. the more miles accumulated, the sooner they need replacement. Oh, and then there is maintenance which if not performed shortens the life of the car. Tires wear out and need replacement. The list is long. What can seem like a fairly lucrative gig can leave the driver broke and with no vehicle to drive if he/she spends the income as fast as it comes in, and sets nothing aside for repair and eventual replacement of the car. If Uber and Lyft had fares that reflected their full cost, they would be much less competitive with taxis, car hire services, etc.

Aug. 27, 2017

The Court of Appeals has come down pretty hard against finding a duty to perform criminal background checks. It's likely that this gets bounced on a demurrer if it doesn't settle.

Sept. 2, 2017

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close