United States sues Uber over alleged disability discrimination

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WASHINGTON, Nov 10 (Businesshala) – The US Justice Department on Wednesday sued ride-sharing service Uber Technologies Inc. (UBER.N) for overcharging people with disabilities, and asked a federal court to grant the company a federal law. ordered to comply. Protecting the disabled from discrimination.

The Justice Department’s lawsuit, filed in US District Court in San Francisco, is against Uber’s April 2016 policy of charging passengers “wait time” fees—a practice started in several cities that eventually expanded nationwide.

It alleges that the policy discriminates against people with disabilities, saying people with disabilities such as the blind or those using a wheelchair or walker need more than two minutes to get into an Uber car.

“People with disabilities have equal access to all areas of community life, including private transportation services provided by companies like Uber,” Kristen Clark, assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Department of Civil Rights, said in a statement.

“This lawsuit seeks to bring Uber into compliance with the mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act, while sending a powerful message that Uber cannot punish disabled passengers simply because they need more time to get into the car.”

The department is asking the court to order Uber to revise its wait time fee policy and pay monetary damages to people subject to illegal fees.

Company representatives could not be immediately reached for comment.

Reporting by Susan Heavy and Sarah Ann Licht; Editing by Doina Chiacu and Jan Harvey

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