Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled (BCID), et al. v. Uber Technologies, Inc., et al.
On July 18, 2017, DRA filed a class action lawsuit against Uber Technologies, Inc. (“Uber”), alleging violations of anti-discrimination law on behalf of a class of individuals with mobility disabilities who require wheelchair-accessible vehicles and want to use Uber transportation in New York City. Uber removed the case from state to federal court, and moved to dismiss it. The federal judge denied the motion and allowed DRA to file an amended complaint.
In the last few years, Uber has grown exponentially, transforming the transportation landscape in the City but leaving people with disabilities behind. Uber boasts a fleet of approximately 58,000 vehicles currently operating in the five boroughs, but less than one percent of them offer the lifts or ramps necessary to transport people using wheelchairs or other mobility-assistive devices. As a result, Uber riders who require accessible transportation are either unable to use Uber services at all, or face lengthy wait times.
DRA’s ultimate goal is to ensure that Uber institutes a comprehensive remedial scheme to address its current exclusion of riders with mobility disabilities.