July 23, 2017

Uber, Lyft distance themselves from bill’s stance on LGBTQ rights

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0 State Rep. Chris Paddie speaks last week about bill HB 100. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN The proposed bills that would end local regulation of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft are drawing criticism for what’s not in the language: There’s no protection for gay, lesbian or transgender passengers who could face discrimination from drivers.

But Lyft and Uber both said Monday that their companies’ nondiscrimination policies would continue to bar drivers from refusing rides based on a passenger’s sexual orientation or gender identity, no matter what a final state law includes.

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Both companies condemned an amendment approved Wednesday to House Bill 100 that defines “sex,” in the context of ride-hailing discrimination, as “the physical condition of being male or female.” Neither company, however, specifically called for lawmakers to include sexual orientation or gender identity as a protected class in the legislation.

“The adopted amendment is unnecessary as Lyft’s strong nondiscrimination policy remains in effect no matter what local or state statutes exist,” Lyft spokesman Scott Dunaway said. “Discrimination against passengers or drivers on the basis of race, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital […]

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