Uber driver fired for kicking gay couple out of carSeptember 9, 2019
Uber has fired a New Jersey driver for kicking out two female passengers for being gay, according to a new report.
Kristin Michele and Jenn Mangan had grabbed a ride-share car from their home in Oaklyn to a concert in Camden on Friday night when Michele leaned over and gave Mangan a kiss on the cheek.
Their driver flipped out — and ordered them out of the car, saying she was a Christian woman who “didn’t believe in that,” Michele told NJ.com.
“Are you kicking me out because I’m gay?” Michele asked the driver soon after she started filming the angry exchange.
“Yes, I am. Yes,” the driver admitted, getting increasingly angry as she repeatedly demanded, “Get out!” — even reaching to try to knock away Michele’s phone.
“You’ve gotta be f—ing kidding me. It is 2019 [and] you’re kicking me out because I’m gay,” Michelle replied, before the couple eventually got out of the car and caught a train to the Zac Brown Band show instead.
The driver had threatened to call cops and told the couple that she could “reject any ride that I want to.”
But not so, said Uber, who quickly removed her from the ride-share app which proudly declares its dedication toward LGBTQ equality on its website and also has clear non-discrimination policies.
“Uber does not tolerate discrimination in any form and we have been in contact with this rider,” spokesman Grant Klinzman told The Post. “We removed the driver’s access to the app as soon as we were made aware of this incident.”
Michele said she posted the video because she was “infuriated” that the driver blamed her religious beliefs.
“I believe God loves everyone no matter who they are or who they love. If you truly have faith than [sic] you know that love is love,” she wrote on Facebook.
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