Lesbian couple kicked out of Uber by 'homophobic' driver

Uber driver who booted 2 kissing women has license suspended

Uber driver who booted 2 kissing women has license suspended

Alex Iovine and her girlfriend, Emma Pichl, are accusing an Uber driver in New York City of discriminating against them after he allegedly kicked them out of the vehicle for kissing in the backseat.

An Uber driver who kicked two kissing women out of his auto and had his NY livery license suspended says the women also played loud music on their phones.

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

She said they had only "peck kissed" and were "not even touching" but that Mr El Boutari had been "very angry".

"Nothing is illegal", one of the women says. She thought he was joking, ' Iovine, an advertising technology consultant, said.

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. RAW VIDEO: Alex started taking video. not knowing what was going to happen. Why are we getting kicked out of the Uber?' and he said.

And a same-sex IN couple said that a driver for Lyft, another popular ride-sharing service, also kicked them out for a "peck".

The Taxi & Limousine Commission has launched its own investigation.

"Yeah, it is illegal", the driver says.

"We are investigating and will take appropriate action", an Uber spokesperson said in a statement on Monday.

The grabbie cabbie reaches for one of the women's phones to stop her from videotaping.

"It's my own auto, I didn't feel comfortable with them", Elbotari said.

El Boutari added that he would have acted similarly if it had been a straight couple, though he admitted that he has "less tolerance" for same-sex couples.

An Uber spokesperson said, "Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination, and we have reached out to the rider regarding her experience".

In addition to filing the complaint with the city Human Right's Commission, the couple reported the incident to Uber, as did Elbotari.

"Obviously, he's homophobic", she said. The couple's $22 fare was eventually refunded to them, and the ride-sharing company says it is investigating the incident. Alex and Emma called the Uber to take them from Gowanus to the East Village. I haven't experienced homophobic behaviour in the city.

"It was a really bad experience - and ironically occurred on a bright sunny day during pride month in NYC", Iovine said. "We always thought we lived in this untouchable New York City bubble where LGBTQ is so accepted", Pichl said. "This goes to show that it can happen anywhere".