New York-based Uber, the online-app that has become a hotbed of controversy in recent months after its drivers allegedly sexually assaulted women, is refusing to take a car rental car manhattan driver who was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a Manhattan hotel room.
The company announced Monday that it has decided not to hire the driver, who has been suspended for a month, the Associated Press reported.
“We take this matter very seriously and are looking into what happened and why this incident happened,” Uber spokeswoman Molly Sullivan said in an email.
The man, who is an Uber driver, was taken into custody on New Year’s Eve after he allegedly raped a woman, a spokesperson for the NYPD told the AP.
The alleged rape occurred in the lobby of a hotel in Manhattan’s midtown neighborhood of Bushwick on Jan. 31, police said.
Police have charged the driver with rape and criminal possession of a weapon.
Uber declined to comment on the matter, citing privacy laws.
Uber’s refusal to take the man comes amid mounting criticism of the ride-sharing app over allegations of sexual assault and harassment.
In February, Uber drivers in San Francisco were suspended for five days for allegedly sexually assaulting and threatening to rape female passengers.
Uber is also embroiled in another scandal, where a former Uber driver accused the company of sexual harassment and discrimination after he said he was fired from the service.
The woman accused the driver of sexually harassing her in a hotel room, according to court documents.
She told police she and the driver had been talking on the phone for hours and that the driver was pushing her against the wall and trying to kiss her, the documents said.
She said she was “belligerent” with the driver and said she yelled at him to stop, the court documents said, but that he ignored her.
She said she ran out of the room.
Uber confirmed that it is suspending the driver indefinitely.