Lawsuit Over Uber Driver's Refusal Of Guide Dog Can Go On

FALMOUTH, Maine (AP) — A judge in Maine has ruled that a woman who has impaired vision can go ahead with a claim against Uber, which she has said discriminated against her by refusing to allow her guide dog into a vehicle.

The lawsuit stretches back to 2015, when Patricia Sarchi, of Falmouth, sought a ride from Uber to an appointment in Portland. The driver refused to take the guide dog, and Sarchi filed a complaint with the Maine Human Rights Commission, the Portland Press Herald reported.

The commission sided with Sarchi in 2019, and her attorney said she later sued in Maine Superior Court. Uber argued that the judge should rule the case would have to go to arbitration.

Superior Court Justice Thomas R. McKeon ruled last month that Uber couldn't prove Sarchi had “reasonable notice” of terms and conditions. Attempts by the Press Herald to contact an Uber attorney were not successful.

The case does not currently have a schedule for what happens next.