Bloomberg Law
April 8, 2021, 5:06 PM

Uber Background Checks Discriminate, New York Driver’s Suit Says

Erin Mulvaney
Erin Mulvaney

Uber Technologies Inc.'s blanket policy of using criminal history to prevent drivers from working for the ride-hailing platform violates New York City law and disproportionately impacts Black and Latinx individuals, a former driver claims in a newly-filed class action.

Uber uses a company, Checkr Inc., to conduct background checks and deactivates drivers who have certain criminal histories, according to the lawsuit filed Thursday at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Lead plaintiff Job Golightly, who drove for Uber since 2014, averaging 50 to 60 hours and $1,500 a week, was removed from the platform in ...