SAN FRANCISCO – An Uber rider has filed suit against a driver, the ride-hailing company and another passenger over allegations of battery.
Angie Batdorf filed a complaint on Dec. 10 in the San Francisco Superior Court against Uber Technologies Inc., Mustafa Mohamed Sharif, Adam Eisenmenger and Does 1 through 25 alleging negligence and battery.
According to the complaint, on Dec. 9, 2017, Batdorf ordered an UberX ride from Uber so she could join a group of her friends. The suit states Sharif arrived in his vehicle with defendant Eisenmenger in the front seat, who was extremely intoxicated. The plaintiff alleges Eisenmenger was given a ride by Sharif despite not having ordered a ride through the Uber app.
The plaintiff alleges Eisenmenger sexually harassed her from the front seat of Sharif's vehicle and then Eisenmenger climbed over the seats and grabbed her breasts, legs and pelvic area without her consent. She alleges Sharif did not come to her aid.
The plaintiff holds Uber Technologies Inc., Sharif, Eisenmenger and Does 1 through 25 responsible because the Sharif allegedly failed to exercise a duty of care for her safety as a passenger and picked up an obviously drunken passenger in violation of Uber's rules and regulation.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for all damages allowed by law, and such further relief as the court deems necessary and proper. She is represented by Stephen J. Estey and R. Michael Bomberger of Estey & Bomberger LLP in San Diego.
San Francisco Superior Court Case number CGC18571971