Women Suing Lyft Say They Were Sexually Assaulted During Rides

 Arriving passengers wait to board Lyft vehicles at the new 'LAX-it' ride-hail passenger pickup lot at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on November 6, 2019.
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A group of 21 women were filing a lawsuit Wednesday against Lyft alleging that they were raped or sexually assaulted during rides through the app.

The case filed in San Francisco follows a similar lawsuit in September brought by a group of 14 survivors of sexual attacks who accused Lyft of failing to keep passengers safe. The San Francisco personal injury law firm Estey and Bomberger is handling both cases. 

The women say in the lawsuits that Lyft should have done more to prevent sexual predators from working as drivers. 

A Lyft spokeswoman expressed sympathy for the women and said the company is trying to improve safety. 

"We are relentless in our work to build safety into every aspect of our work,” Alexandra LaManna said to the Washington Post. ”That means continually investing in new features and policies to protect our riders and drivers.”

Lyft has announced new features aimed at increasing safety, such as the ability for riders to contact 911 from the app.