Lyft Tries to Skirt the ADA

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 much driving people around. Ah, but they claim to be merely an “app” and thus, immune from the conditions of the ADA.
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.
Now this ADA-based dispute appears to be pretty legitimate, but many that are filed every day against businesses are just seeking a quick payday. When those kinds of disputes affect YOUR business, call in the nuisance ADA litigation expert, Dean Sperling who will work to resolve YOUR matter with YOUR best interests in mind! 
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