Inspect what you expect from companies who assure you they are performing background investigations on their employees who deliver services to your organization.
Similar to individuals, companies don’t always tell you the truth. Case in point was the situation that occurred when the City of Chicago discovered that transportation providers were not complying with established requirements of individuals providing transportation services to its residents.
The City of Chicago Transportation Network Providers (TNP) Ordinance has some of the strictest requirements in the nation for background checks on drivers. For example, the TNP prohibits drivers with recent multiple moving violations and negative chauffeur license status, as well as drivers with a criminal history from driving for a period of five years after they have exited the justice system.
However, the city of Chicago discovered that Uber, Lyft, and Via had allowed some drivers with ineligible backgrounds to drive.
The dangers of having individuals with previous sexual assault cases was exposed in this CNN article.
- In November, Sanchez was sentenced to 80 years in prison for the rape of the Uber passenger and 33 other counts against him, including sexual assaults of at least nine other women and children. Sanchez drugged many of his victims. A CNN investigation has found that Sanchez is just one of at least 103 Uber drivers in the U.S. who have been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing their passengers in the past four years. The drivers were arrested, are wanted by police, or have been named in civil suits related to the incidents. At least 31 drivers have been convicted for crimes ranging from forcible touching and false imprisonment to rape, and dozens of criminal and civil cases are pending, CNN found.
- In another case examined by CNN, a woman from Miami left her kids with their grandmother and went to a bar with a friend. She took an Uber home. She says she passed out along the way and woke up the next morning with her pants and underwear on the floor. The Uber driver allegedly carried her into her apartment, threw her onto the bed and sexually assaulted her. She is a plaintiff in a proposed class action lawsuit against Uber.