Ayres v. Lyft
On Tuesday, March 13, 2018, Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) filed a major class action lawsuit against Lyft challenging the popular ride-sharing service’s lack of wheelchair-accessible vehicles. The state suit was brought by a coalition of individuals and disability rights groups in the San Francisco Bay Area: the Independent Living Resource Center of San Francisco and two individuals who use wheelchairs.
The case, filed in Alameda County Superior Court, challenges Lyft’s failure to provide wheelchair-accessible service as a violation of California anti-discrimination law. Lyft, a multi-billion-dollar company, neglects people with disabilities who use wheelchairs and actually excludes them altogether – a direct violation of the law.
People who use wheelchairs in the Bay Area already have limited transportation options and, if the company provided equal and non-discriminatory service, it could provide a great benefit to people who use wheelchair accessible vehicles. DRA’s ultimate goal is to ensure that Lyft institutes a comprehensive remedial scheme to address its current exclusion of riders with mobility disabilities.