We’re within the season of multi-billion-dollar rideshare IPOs the place the highlight is on international and unprofitable transportation corporations like Lyft and Uber as they attempt to get into the black. Let’s verify in with how the method is unfolding.
Excuse me, I’m sorry, my notes right here say that truly, Lyft just isn’t within the transportation enterprise. Certain, the corporate strikes you from place to put by numerous means, however these are simply particulars, the San Francisco agency’s legal professionals argued in court docket not too long ago.
In response to a number of discrimination lawsuits, Lyft argued that “it’s not within the transportation enterprise” and subsequently shouldn’t be troubled by the People with Disabilities Act (ADA). As a substitute, Lyft argues, it’s a expertise firm.
Would possibly it’s that Lyft is definitely a transportation expertise firm? Presumably, they might loudly scoff on the concept however Lyft didn’t reply to a request for remark.
The feedback, first reported by Politico, come from a lawsuit filed in 2017 by Harriett Lowell of White Plains, New York, who’s suing the corporate for failing to serve folks with disabilities each in her hometown and round the USA.
For the sake of posterity, right here’s the assertion highlighted in a court docket submitting by Lyft from March 30:
Only for enjoyable, let’s check out web page three of the S-1 kind Lyft not too long ago filed with the SEC within the lead-up to the corporate’s $25 billion IPO:
Oh! Okay. That seems like a not-transportation firm to me. Case closed.
The excellence issues. A “transportation firm” has strict obligations beneath the ADA. A mere app maker, Lyft argues, doesn’t have to fret about all of the purple tape that comes with offering accessible choices for individuals who want them.
Along with the New York lawsuit, the corporate additionally faces one other in California claiming it discriminates towards disabled people. If it says “not a expertise firm” sufficient instances, does that make it true?