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Is "Ubering While Black" a thing?

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cContino77
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 Posted 1 year ago

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    FitBitMeIn
    136
     1 year ago

    It's only accelerated when Uber came aroudn.  It is illegal for taxi drivers to discriminate against their passengers, but since Ubers are independent contractors, I heard they are even worse at discriminating. 

    Plus, they can cancel rides with a press of a button.  They can cancel a ride the moment they see you.

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      DFosterG11
      179
       1 year ago

      wait, does their being independent contractor make it legal for them to discriminate?

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        SpikeSparkle
        154 Rider
         1 year ago

        discriminating is still discriminating.

        but as independent contractor, I suppose they can.  It's like freedom of speech thing?   or that wedding cake baker that didn't make a cake for a gay couple?  I can't even remember what happened to that.

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        CaptainOlimar
        185
         1 year ago

        I am not a legal expert, but I am thinking sorta yes.  I mean, they can be breaking Uber terms of service, but theroetically it isn't illegal for them to not drive anyone for any reason, right?  It's their own car and their own time.  Wasn't it the employment rules that made it illegal for taxi drivers in the past?

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    EjiEzeEze
    313 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    Hell yah, it's a thing.

    When I heard about this miraculous rideshare app that can hail me a cab from the smartphone, I thought all my problems were over.    Yes, catching a taxi is almost impossible as a black person in this country.   I can still hear the obnoxiously loud lock on taxicabs as I approach the cars.  After a while, you learn to not take any taxis.  

    Then I noticed that Uber isn't that much different.  The driver can still cancel you when they show up.  They make all kinds of reasons.  They aren't going in that direction.  They wanted to finish the shift and they didn't mean to pick you up.  or the most common; no explanations at all.  Just cancel and drive off.  

    Now I am a driver.  Hehehe.

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    SmittenKitten
    1830 Rider
     1 year ago

    You must be referring to this article:

    Ubering While Black

    So, yeah..it's a thing. :)

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    AnitaBAnthony
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     1 year ago
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      babarett
      183 Rider
       1 year ago

      Why did you put this is such a big font? Are you yelling this from the rooftop?

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    BehindTheName
    100 Rider
     1 year ago

    What do you mean?  Are you asking if the phrase is used?  or are you asking if Uber drivers are racist?