According to the New York Post, a Lyft driver in Manassas has been accused of sexual assault of a teenager.
Ejaz Hussain, 59-years-old, has been accused by a 17-year-old boy of sexual assault during a ride. The boy used the Lyft app to get to school and received Ejaz's contact information.
After school, the teenage boy contacted Ejaz directly for a ride back home. The student accuses Ejaz of sexually assaulting him on the way back to his residence.
Ejaz has been charged with sexual battery and was held on a $3,500 bond. Further details regarding the incident have not been released
Lyft said it would work with Uber to create a database for drivers that received sexual abuse complaints. Lyft has not followed through on their transparency pledge, reported the New York Post.
Attorney contributor Kevin Biniazan, an experienced sexual assault lawyer, has represented numerous victims in sexual assault civil lawsuits and negligent third parties. Below, Kevin shares insight on the legal rights of victims sexually abused by a rideshare driver.
“Ride-share companies, for example, Uber and Lyft, have received a lot of criticism recently as many have accused them of not adequately protecting their customers. Rideshare companies have faced numerous lawsuits as a result of their lack of safety precautions. Rideshare companies should do their best to provide a safe environment for all riders to ensure their protection.”
"Rideshare companies are legally obligated to ensure the drivers employed are both trustworthy and qualified. Security measures should also be implemented to ensure the safety of riders, for example, cameras inside the vehicles. Negligence could involve a company failing to run a proper background check on their employees, but there are many other instances. In negligence cases, the victims may have grounds for a lawsuit against the company.”