A civil rights group from Washington, D.C. opened a new lawsuit against ride-hailing company Uber. Allegations concern the lack of necessary equipment to serve clients with disabilities. The main issue revolves around a lack of car fleet with wheelchairs. Uber has to make a court appearance and portray its culture regarding discrimination.
Uber Has No Car That Is Wheelchair Accessible
The Equal Rights Center went after a company that is already exhausted by past and present internal issues. The organization appealed to the American with Disabilities Act to fight against signs of discrimination endorsed by Uber. The act in question offers protection against unfair practices even when it comes to transportation.
Lawsuit documents claim that out of all 30,000 vehicles that work in D.C. under Uber brand none of them is prepared to satisfy a client in a wheelchair. On the other hand, the application of the company does provide an option for people with disabilities. They can request from this platform a taxi from the D.C. area that is wheelchair accessible. However, the plaintiff is not content with how the company left this issue in status quo without a more comprehensive follow-up.
Uber’s Court Appearance Has to Answer for Signs of Discrimination
The executive director of the civil rights group, Melvina Ford, stated that the company possesses the means to make things right. However, Uber left things as they were despite its obligation towards anti-discrimination laws.
“It has a legal obligation to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access its transportation services.”
The Equal Rights Center did its homework and found out some striking facts. Clients for Uber’s wheelchair access service had to wait eight times longer that those who requested UberX service. On top of that, they were also liable to cover twice a usual fare.
As a consequence, Uber has to honor a court appearance and defend its policies from being called discriminatory. If the plaintiff proves that the company activates outside Americans With Disabilities Act, judges might impose financial punishment and new policies to accommodate all clients alike.
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