Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

News

Uber settles US lawsuit for overcharging persons with disabilities

Uber pays New Jersey $100m over driver status dispute

Uber will offer several million dollars in compensation to tens of thousands of passengers with disabilities who were charged extra fees, US prosecutors said Monday.

The case brought by the US Department of Justice centred on disabled passengers allegedly being made to pay wait charges because they needed extra time to board vehicles.

Under the settlement, Uber will issue credits to more than 65,000 eligible riders that are worth double the amount of wait time fees they were ever charged, which could potentially amount to millions of dollars.

The ride-share company also agreed to pay over $1.7 million to riders who complained to Uber about the fees, and $500,000 to other impacted people.

“People with disabilities should not be made to feel like second-class citizens or punished because of their disability, which is exactly what Uber’s wait time fee policy did,” said assistant attorney general Kristen Clarke.

Uber said it was “pleased” by the settlement.

“Prior to this matter being filed we made changes so that any rider who shares that they have a disability would have wait time fees waived automatically,” the company said.

Uber charges a fee if a driver has to wait more than two minutes to pick up any passenger, but the Department of Justice said applying those fees to riders with disabilities amounts to unlawful discrimination.

Under the terms of a two-year agreement, Uber will continue to waive wait time fees for riders who need more time to board because of disabilities, and ensure refunds are easily available in event such fees are wrongly charged, prosecutors said.

AFP

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You May Also Like

News

The United Nations Children’s Fund has resorted to Non-Fungible Tokens to fund its internet access for schools’ mission. The mission named, ‘Giga initiative’ is...

News

Blue-bird social media app, Twitter announced a new feature on its platform that makes watching and video discovery easy and enjoyable. Twitter on Thursday...

News

Apple’s procurement vice president, Tony Blevins has been discharged from his duties over an offensive viral TikTok video. Blevins was accused of making vulgar...

News

Google is updating its Speech service to improve its clarity and make text-to-speech voices sound more natural. According to The Verge, the update which...

Advertisement