Are technology companies subject to the Americans with Disabilities Act? That is the question a federal court will soon decide regarding Lyft, the popular ride-sharing company. Their defense? Lyft claims “it is not in the transportation business,” which is a head scratcher since their entire business is pretty
According to news sources, the class-action lawsuit was filed against Lyft in August 2017 by White Plains resident Harriet Lowell and Westchester Disabled on the Move, for the company’s failure to provide accessible vehicles to equitably serve people living with disabilities who just want to take a Lyft.
The suit comes in the wake of a settlement with New York City, where Lyft, Uber, and Via agreed to “service at least 80% of requests for wheelchair-accessible vehicles in under 10 minutes and 90% in under 15 minutes by mid-2021.” Lyft also faces at least one other class-action lawsuit, this one in the Bay Area, claiming that it discriminates against people with disabilities.
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