Uber has fired a driver who kicked two New Jersey women out of her car last week after she apparently saw them kissing in the back seat.
One of the passengers, Kristin Michele, recorded the incident on her cellphone and posted the shocking video on Facebook.
“Are you kicking me out because I’m gay?” one of the women is heard asking.
“Yes, I am,” the furious driver replies, before repeatedly yelling, “Get out.”
This woman picked me up as my uber driver. We took off. I gave my girlfriend a kiss on the cheek and she pulled the car over and said “you need to get out of my car.” I asked why. She said “I won’t have that in my car.” I asked what she was referring to. She said “you need to get out of my car because you are gay.” #uber #illegal #trumphatewithlove Cynthia Toyota Highlander C29CPT
The incident happened Friday in Camden, a city across from Philadelphia and the Delaware River, after Michele reportedly gave her girlfriend a kiss on the cheek.
A spokesman for the ride-sharing app confirmed Monday that the driver has been banned for violating Uber’s guidelines.
“Uber does not tolerate discrimination in any form and we have been in contact with this rider," Grant Klinzman told the Daily News in an email. "We removed the driver’s access to the app as soon as we were made aware of this incident.”
Michele did not immediately return a request for comment Monday afternoon, but she praised the company’s response in a Facebook post.
“Uber has been outstanding in dealing with this matter so quickly,” she said. “They reached out immediately following my complaint. Please do not blame Uber for this woman’s behavior.”
Here is the update. Uber has been outstanding in dealing with this matter so quickly. They reached out immediately...
The 52-second video also shows the driver, who was identified only as Cynthia, trying to knock the woman’s cellphone out of her hand and insisting that she can “reject any rider I want to.”
The company’s Community Guidelines prohibit drivers from refusing to take riders to their destination and an Uber policy explicitly forbids discrimination based on sexual orientation.