A lesbian couple was kicked out of an Uber just for being gay. They filmed the whole thing on video, and now the driver has lost the ability to drive for Uber.
Kristin Gauthier and her girlfriend took an Uber to a concert in Camden, New Jersey on Friday. She says she gave her girlfriend a kiss on the cheek, and the driver pulled over and told them to get out.
“You’re together. You’re not allowed in my car. I’m not gonna drive you,” the driver said, according to Gauthier. She explained that, as a Christian, she “didn’t believe in that.”
Gauthier began filming the encounter. She directly asked the driver, “Are you kicking me out because I’m gay?”
“Yes, I am. Yes. Get out,” the driver replied.
Gauthier pointed out that she’d already paid for the Uber ride, but the driver rebutted that the can reject any ride that she wants to. She threatened to call the police and tried to slap the phone out of Gauthier’s hand.
The video went viral after Gauthier shared it on Facebook. She also reported the incident to Uber, who quickly took action. On Sunday, Uber said in a statement that the driver was no longer on the platform.
“Uber does not tolerate discrimination in any form and we have been in contact with this rider,” Uber’s statement said. “We removed the driver’s access to the app as soon as we were made aware of this incident.”