USA: Lyft to face lawsuit alleging disability discrimination over failure to provide wheelchair-accessible cars

Author: Megan Rose Dickey, Tech Crunch (USA), Published on: 14 March 2018

"Lyft faces discrimination lawsuit", 13 Mar 2018

Disability Rights Advocates, on behalf of the Independent Living Resource Center and two people who use wheelchairs, filed a class-action lawsuit...against Lyft.  The plaintiffs allege the ride-hailing company discriminates against people who use wheelchairs by not making available wheelchair-accessible cars in the San Francisco Bay Area.  The case... alleges Lyft directly violates the law by not providing an equal and accessible transportation option to all.  The suit specifically alleges Lyft is in violation of the Unruh Civil Rights Act, which guarantees people with disabilities are entitled to full and equal accommodations.  The suit also alleges Lyft is in violation of the California Disabled Persons Act...[P]laintiffs allege Lyft’s service for people with disabilities is “a sham and a completely inadequate substitute for actual accessible transportation,” the lawsuit states...The plaintiffs do not seek money, but simply equal access to Lyft...The DRA has filed similar suits against Uber in both New York and California.

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