Uber CEO slams driver who booted lesbian couple over kiss

  • Uber CEO slams driver who booted lesbian couple over kiss

Uber CEO slams driver who booted lesbian couple over kiss

A same-sex couple claim they were kicked out of an Uber by its driver because they were kissing. "She thought he was joking".

Iovine said she and Pichl ordered an Uber to take them from a friend's birthday party in Brooklyn to another party in East Village at around 5pm.

Uber spokeswoman Susan Hendrick told CNN that the company has removed the driver's access to the app and that it is investigating the incident.

"After we had peck-kissed, sitting on opposite sides of the back seat and not even touching, I saw him looking at me in the rearview mirror", she said.

Iovine, who did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment, referred to the driver as "homophobic" and said she believed the driver was offended by the kiss because of his religion. "My girlfriend started laughing". "It went from shock to anger", Iovine said.

Iovine says the two are aware of Uber's policy against riders having sex in the backseat, but that the kiss was far from objectionable.

"He yelled at us for being disrespectful and inappropriate because we pecked on the lips", Iovine.

Iovine said she and Pichl leaned over to give each other a "peck kiss" while crossing the Manhattan Bridge, which they say caused the driver to "abruptly" pull over a couple of minutes later.

Uber lists community guidelines on its website, which specify that "you shouldn't touch or flirt with other people in the vehicle", and that there's "no sexual conduct with drivers or fellow riders, no matter what". "You are not allowed to do this", he can be heard saying.

'It's disrespectful, ' he says as he reaches for the phone to stop the recording.

When they protest, telling him that "kissing is not illegal", he insists they're wrong, saying: "Yes, it is illegal".

RAW VIDEO: Uber says it does not tolerate discrimination and is investigating. "I didn't feel comfortable with them", he said.

"It was a really awful experience", she said, "and ironically occurred on a bright sunny day during pride month in NYC". Iovino also filed a complaint with New York City's Human Rights Commission, according to the Daily News. "I was very surprised". I haven't experienced homophobic behaviour in the city.

A spokesman for New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission says el Boutari has been licensed since 2014, and that his license has been suspended after this incident, pending the outcome of the TLC's investigation. "It was a good lesson to show it can happen to you anywhere".