ILRC v. Lyft
In March 2019, Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) filed a major class action lawsuit against Lyft challenging the popular ride-sharing service’s failure to provide wheelchair-accessible vehicles as a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The federal law suit was brought by a coalition of individuals and disability rights groups in the San Francisco Bay Area: the Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco, Community Resources for Independent Living, and four individuals who use wheelchairs.
Lyft, a multi-billion-dollar company, could revolutionize the lives of people who need wheelchair accessible vehicles by complying with its legal obligations to provide them with equal and non-discriminatory access to its on-demand transportation service. Instead, Lyft has ignored the needs of people with disabilities who use wheelchairs in the Bay Area, even as the company’s growth has driven other accessible transportation options out of the market.
DRA’s ultimate goal is to ensure that Lyft institutes a comprehensive remedial scheme to address its current exclusion of riders with mobility disabilities.