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Can I Sue Uber for Discrimination?

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You should contact a law firm right away if you feel that you have suffered illegal discrimination on the part of either Uber itself or one of its drivers. Speaking up when injustice occurs is essential, not only for your own wellbeing but for that of society in general. 

How the law defines discrimination 

One of the great strengths of our society is that it encourages all of us to fulfill our potential based upon our natural gifts and work ethic. Illegal discrimination interferes with this bedrock concept by either granting or denying privileges, opportunities, or services based on personal characteristics such as race, age, sex, nationality, religion, or handicap.  

For example, let’s say that two employees of a particular company, a man and a woman, are both applying for a management position. Of the pair, the woman is the better candidate based upon her education, work experience, and specialized skills. 

Despite the woman’s superior qualifications, she’s passed over by the hiring department in favor of the male applicant. In this case, she has good reason to believe that she has suffered illegal discrimination.  

When internal anti-discrimination safeguards break down 

Private companies and public agencies have made substantial efforts in the last several decades to reduce the problem of discrimination within their organizations. Many of them have created special review boards and instituted anti-discrimination policies with this end in mind.  

But sometimes discrimination is embedded so deeply within an organization’s culture that these internal safeguards fail to do their job. When that happens, it’s time for the legal system to take action.  

Does Uber practice illegal discrimination? Here’s what the facts say 

Accusing any person or organization of illegal discrimination is a serious matter. Sometimes it can even result in legal penalties against the person making the allegation unless he or she has evidence to back up the claim. 

With that in mind, let’s look at what history tells us about Uber’s hiring, management, and customer service policies: 

  • In early 2018, Uber agreed to pay $10 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by 420 employees, all of them women or people of color, who claimed that the company discriminated against them in terms of raises and other forms of compensation.   
  • In late 2019, Uber agreed to pay $4.4 million to settle the results of an investigation by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Investigators claimed that Uber “permitted a culture of sexual harassment and retaliation against individuals who complained about such harassment.” 
  • In June of 2019, four residents of Alleghany County in Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit against Uber for allegedly discriminating against wheelchair-bound customers. The suit claims that Uber’s business model violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by failing to make proper accommodations for physically challenged riders.  
  • Industry observers fear that changes made to Uber’s driver platform in late 2019 discriminate against customers based upon their intended destination.  

We want to stress that some of these investigations are still ongoing. At this point, it’s impossible to say how they will play out. Nonetheless, there are valid reasons to be concerned about Uber’s history of dealing with discrimination. 

What to do if you feel that Uber has illegally discriminated against you 

Uber has taken steps to curb the problem of illegal discrimination, both within the company itself and on the part of its drivers. The company has an official anti-discrimination policy that condemns discriminatory practices. 

Despite this fact, some feel that Uber has not yet done enough to address this problem. If you believe that you yourself have been discriminated against by Uber or by one of its drivers, then it’s a good idea to contact a law firm with experience in dealing with discrimination cases. The sooner you take this step, the sooner you’ll enjoy a fair resolution of the matter. 

The Uber attorneys here at Ellis Injury Law have built their careers on helping victims of discrimination and other forms of injustice to receive the compensation they deserve. Our consultations are always free and we work on contingency, so you’ll never have to worry about paying out-of-pocket costs.  

Get in touch with us today if we can help you in any way. We are available 24/7. 

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