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Tue Jul 18, 2017, 12:00 PM

Uber is sued over lack of wheelchair-accessible cars in New York City

Source: Reuters

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JULY 18, 2017 / 11:30 AM / 26 MINUTES AGO

Uber is sued over lack of wheelchair-accessible cars in New York City

Jonathan Stempel

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc was sued on Tuesday by disability rights groups that said the ride-sharing company violates New York City human rights laws by failing to make enough of its vehicles accessible to disabled people.

The proposed class-action complaint accused Uber of "pervasive and ongoing discrimination" because people in wheelchairs can use only a few dozen of its more than 58,000 vehicles in the city.

Given Uber's growing popularity, this "substantially undermines" the benefits of New York City's prior commitment to make half of its yellow taxis wheelchair-accessible by 2020, the complaint said.

"Riders either face very long wait times or can't get rides at all," Rebecca Serbin, a staff attorney for Disability Rights Advocates, said in an interview. "The human rights law reflects the City Council's commitment to accessibility. Uber is flagrantly violating that law."

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-uber-lawsuit-idUSKBN1A31QU?il=0

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Tue Jul 18, 2017, 12:22 PM

1. It's about damn time! nt

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Tue Jul 18, 2017, 12:59 PM

2. I don't get how Uber could be held liable for their

"independent contractors" not choosing to drive certain vehicles.

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