Another day, another lawsuit, only this time it is not Uber, but Lyft that is at the receiving end. A Lyft passenger claims that her driver sexually assaulted her during a ride and is suing Lyft. Unfortunately, her claims against Lyft will not hold ground in court, since Lyft's business model is to dissociate from liability, where the driver is, in fact, a self-employed (independent contractor) that pays Lyft for the use of their app to connect them with Lyft customers. In this instance, the customer can sue the Lyft driver but will find it hard to sue Lyft. What will prove to be even harder is the fact that the alleged attacker Refugio Campus has not been accused of anything and is not under arrest.
The passenger, 25-year-old Morgan Lee's claim is based on her ride with the 30-year-old Lyft driver on June 30th, claiming that she asked Campos to pull over, so she could vomit after drinking in excess. She claims that Campos crawled into the back of the car and tried to rape her. She managed to escape and with the driver's car plate number reported the incident to police.
In the meantime, Lyft has deactivated Campos. However, no known news updates can confirm if Campos was ever accused or tried for this action and as such, remains a mystery.