We recently wrote about Fort Myers Uber driver Felix Torres who was arrested after allegedly sexually assaulting a passenger. According to a report by WFTX Fox 4, Torres has a violet criminal history with a rap sheet including arrests for breaking and entering and armed robbery. Despite his unlawful past, Torres passed Uber’s background check. This in turn resulted in a passenger suffering a violent attack that changed her life forever.
The issue with Uber’s background check is that it screens specifically for convictions and not charges resulting in an arrest. While Torres’ arrest records included violent crimes, no convictions are present. Considering the nature of his arrest record, red flags should have been raised over Torres’ suitability as an Uber driver.
While Uber often states customer safety is a priority, this case illustrates that in reality, they are simply concerned with the bottom line. Time and again companies such as Uber and Lyft put profits first, leaving their customers to suffer the consequences.
We Fight for Clients to Bring Change
This is why the team at Estey & Bomberger works so hard to achieve justice for our clients. We strive to hold sexual predators and the platforms that hire them accountable for their actions. The simple fact is that Uber and Lyft need to do more to protect their customers. It is also our goal to force these companies to enact the necessary changes to their screening process to keep predators like Felix Torres from gaining access to their platforms.
If you or a loved one is a survivor of a sexual assault by an Uber or Lyft driver, our trauma-informed law firm can help. We provide first-class legal counsel with a perfect record against perpetrators of sexual assault. Our team also includes certified sexual assault survivor advocates who provide our clients with support at every step of the way.
We never charge a fee unless we win and offer free and confidential consultations. This allows you to meet with an attorney who will answer any questions you have regarding your case. This allows you to make an informed decision regarding how to proceed with your case.
To learn more about how we can help you or a loved one achieve justice and fair compensation, or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today.