SAN FRANCISCO — TechCrunch reports that disability rights advocates, on behalf of the Independent Living Resource Center and two people who use wheelchairs, filed a class-action lawsuit against Lyft saying that the ride-hailing company discriminates against people who use wheelchairs by not making available wheelchair-accessible cars in the Bay Area.
The case alleges Lyft directly violates the law by not providing an equal and accessible transportation option to all. The suit specifically alleges Lyft is in violation of the Unruh Civil Rights Act, which guarantees people with disabilities are entitled to full and equal accommodations. The suit also alleges Lyft is in violation of the California Disabled Persons Act.
Lyft does have a service, Access, designed to serve people with disabilities, however the plaintiffs allege that service is a “completely inadequate substitute for actual accessible transportation,” according to the lawsuit. For the full story, click here.