It seems to be a topsy turvy ride for Uber these days. The ride hailing startup may have landed itself in another legal battle; this time with a disability rights group. Sources indicate that the group has filed a lawsuit against the company stating that it violates the human rights laws of New York City by not providing enough vehicles for disabled users in the city.
According to the class action complaint filed, even though the company provides wheelchair accessible rides through its service UberWAV, the group said the number of rides is way less (less than 100) when it comes to its fleet of cars in New York City.
The complaint accuses Uber of being discriminatory by offering only a handful of rides with wheelchair access out of its entire fleet of around 58,000 vehicles in the city. The complaint further indicates that considering Uber’s overall popularity, the service has dented an earlier commitment to provide benefits to New York City by provisioning around half of its fleets with wheelchair access
Rebecca Serbin, a staff attorney from Disabled Rights Advocates, stated that the riders either have to wait for a long time to get a ride or sometimes they don’t even get a ride. According to Serbin, the human rights law is a commitment towards accessibility by City Council and Uber has been violating this law deliberately.
The complaint was filed by Brooklyn Center for Independence for Disabled and Disabled in Action of Metropolitan New York in the state Supreme Court. Uber has not commented on the lawsuit.
Anirudh M. for TechFunnel.com