An Uberdriver accused of making several unwantedsexual advances toward a reporter is “no longer active on the platform,” an Uber spokeswoman announced Fridayto Boston.com.
The reporter, Allison Pohleof Boston.com, alleges that she was harassed while she took an Uber ride home andwrote a story on the websiteearlyFridaymorning recounting the incident, which took place “a few weeks ago.”
BostonGlobe.com reported the announcement from the Uber spokeswoman on Friday.
It is not clear whether the driver has been fired.Ubercited privacy and would not go further in detail, according to Boston.com. The company would also not confirm ifPohle’s Boston.com story had any part in the driver not being active.
According to Pohle’sstory, the driver detailed his sexual history involving his wife and then asked Pohle if she had a boyfriend. Pohle noted that she was sitting in the passenger seat of the car and the car’s doors were locked.
“I feel like I met you because something is supposed to happen, and it’s a sign,” sheremembered him saying, according to her story.
“I don’t think so,” she said to the driver. “I told you I have a boyfriend.”
Once they got to her destination, she said that the driver asked for her phone number and “demanded”to know if she was attracted to him.
He asked,“Can I just get your number?” according to Pohle’s account. “We can stay in touch. Don’t you want to be friends? You don’t know what’s going to happen.”
According to the Boston.com, a representative for Uber said the company will notify people on the “local level” to coach drivers in order tostop this kind of incident from happening again.
Pohlewrote in her story that the Uber representatives she talked to after the incident would not say whether the driver is still working for them. She stated that she was not going to use the service again until they let her know for sure.
After reporting the incidentto the police and reaching out to several different representatives at Uber, she got the assurance that she would not be paired with the driver again. The company also gave her a $30 credit at the time of the reporting.