In California, where the concept was born, law enforcement has been investigating if it, along with two other ride-sharing players, have been violating the law. Worse, at least for its business operations and its branding, two alleged incidents of violence by Uber drivers have been reported in the media.
The latest, according to coverage by the San Francisco Chronicle, occurred last Tuesday. Allegedly not liking what a passenger said, Uber driver Patrick Karajah had that man and the rest of his group exit the vehicle. Then he allegedly hit him around the head with a hammer. The injuries are severe. Here are the details.
Last June, another Uber driver Daveea Whitmire also had been charged with assaulting a passenger.
Human resources experts with a legal background probably are wondering if Uber should be reviewing its procedures for screening applicants for driving positions, including freelance ones. It could have happened, though, that some drivers just were having a bad day.
Venture capitalist Peter Thiel described Uber, at Tech Crunch Disrupt, as "ethically challenged."