While media coverage of attacks on gig workers has increased in recent months, drivers across the country know the dangers of the job are nothing new. According to a December 2021 report by The Wall Street Journal, both Uber and Lyft refuse to reveal data on driver attacks, but national numbers indicate carjackings, murders and other violent crimes are on the rise.
Many app-based service companies, including Uber and Lyft, have failed to embrace key safety measures, emboldening bad people to do bad things. Gig workers support our economy, yet many are walking away from their jobs due to safety concerns. If companies truly care about those who enable them to make billions of dollars every year, then they should update their policies to improve safety, starting with the following: