[nagdu] The NFB of California and Uber in the news

Aaron Cannon cannona at fireantproductions.com
Wed Sep 10 21:41:15 UTC 2014

Hi all.

Thought you all might find this to be of interest:

Uber sued for allegedly refusing rides to the blind and putting a dog
in the trunk

By Gail Sullivan
September 10 at 5:06 AM

An advocacy group for the blind is suing the app-based ride-sharing
service Uber, alleging the company discriminates against passengers
with service dogs.

The federal civil rights suit filed Tuesday by the California chapter
of the National Federation of the Blind cites instances in California
and elsewhere
when blind Uber customers summoned a car only to be refused a ride
once the driver saw them with a service dog. In some cases, drivers
allegedly abandoned
blind travelers in extreme weather and charged cancellation fees after
denying them rides, the complaint said.

The complaint filed in a Northern California District Court cites one
instance where a California UberX driver put a service dog in the
trunk and refused
to pull over when the blind passenger realized where the animal was.


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