Forbes Cites NYLPI’s “Left Behind” Report On Story About Lyft Disability LawsuitMarch 20, 2019
Here’s the Forbes piece today:
“While Lyft has an ‘Access’ mode on its app, it does not connect folks in the Bay Area to Lyft vehicles that are wheelchair accessible,” said Stuart Seaborn, the Managing Director of Litigation for the Disability Rights Advocates, in an exclusive interview. “Rather, it directs them to paratransit and other non-comparable, outside services.”
A Bigger Problem
The issue of disability discrimination does not pertain to Lyft alone. Uber, its larger rival, has also been slammed with a federal lawsuit for disability discrimination, Seaborn told me. The DRA filed a complaint in October, which accuses Uber of not deploying enough WAVs in its Bay Area fleet. The DRA confirmed that the lawsuit is ongoing and an amendment was filed in January. Uber did not respond to a request for comment.
Other ride-hailing apps, such as Juno and Via, have also been called out on this issue in a report published last May by the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.
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