U.S. Justice Dept sues Uber for overcharging disabled people
The U.S. Justice Department is taking ride-hailing app Uber to court, suing them over claims it has been overcharging disabled people
The Department claims Uber’s “wait time” fees are discriminating against disabled passengers who need more than two minutes to get into a car.
The DoJ says the ride service needs to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act known as ADA.
Uber has however responded, stating that wait time fees were not intended to apply to disabled riders and that it had been refunding the fees to those charged.
Kristen Clarke, assistance attorney general for the DoJ’s civil rights division said the lawsuit aimed to send a “powerful message that Uber cannot penalise passengers with disabilities simply because they need more time to get into a car”.
Clarke added that Uber and other ride hailing companies such as Lyft and Taxi services “must ensure equal access for all people, including those with disabilities,”
Uber disagrees that it violated the ADA
An Uber spokesperson stated that the company had been in talks with the Department fo Justice prior to the “surprising and disappointing” lawsuit.
The spokesperson stated that fees were “never intended for riders who are ready at their designated pickup location but need more time to get into the car”,
In the statement, Uber revealed it does have a policy of refunding wait time fees for disabled riders whenever they alerted the firm that they had been charged.
Uber began charging passengers for driver waiting times back in 2016.
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From two U.S. banks closing down, to one in Switzerland merging with its biggest rival, the sector has sent shockwaves throughout financial markets around the world.
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Disney to axe 7,000 jobs
The Mouse House will deliver two rounds of layoffs
Disney has announced it will begin to axe 7,000 jobs, as it seeks to control costs and create a more “streamlined” business.
Several major divisions of the company, including Disney Entertainment, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, and corporate, will be impacted.
Disney will begin notifying the first group of employees who are impacted by the workforce reductions over the next few days.
A second, larger round of job cuts will happen in April, with several thousand more staff reductions.
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