Uber Fires Driver for Enforcing Their No Sex Rule

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

When passengers claim homophobia, then Uber fires him, even when the driver is cleared in court.

The media believed the cute Lesbians, of course, but a judge hearing the case didn’t buy it.

At the time I’m writing this it appears that the driver still isn’t allowed to work for the company. Normally, I wouldn’t care too much who Uber fires, but in our present culture war, this seems related to the way people are attacked in public for supporting team Trump. Uber may be within it’s legal rights but it is an action that should be publicly judged.

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New York’s Taxi and Limousine Commission should be more severely criticized if they don’t reinstate the driver’s taxi license. Stopping sex on a back seat used to transport multiple customers is not a “threat” to public health but a defense of it.

NBC reports, “Judge says Uber driver who booted lesbian couple should get license back.

A New York City judge has recommended that the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) reinstate the license of an Uber driver who kicked a lesbian couple out of his car last month. The women said they just “pecked on the lips,” but the driver claimed they went much further than that.

“TLC has provided no evidence that this refusal of continued service was based on the sexual orientation of these passengers,” Judge McGeachy-Kuls wrote in her decision. “Respondent credibly testified that he asked the complainants to get out of his car because their conduct violated Uber’s policy prohibiting sexual contact between passengers.”

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El Boutary testified that he has “no problem at all with, with kissing. I’m a human being.The thing is, these two girls … they went over and over, kissing.”

[…]

El Boutary’s lawyer, Daniel Ackman, applauded Judge McGeachy-Kuhls’ recommendation as “courageous” and “spot on.”

“I was very concerned [earlier in the trial], because the easy road for the judge is to decide with the passengers,” Ackman told NBC News.

Before Boutary can get his taxi license back, the chair of the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings must accept the judge’s recommendation.

[…]

In the meantime, Boutary’s access to the Uber app remains revoked, according to an Uber spokesperson, and it is unclear whether he will be able to drive for the car service again.

“Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination, and we have been in touch with the rider regarding her experience,” the spokesperson said.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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