Remember how the Ayn Rand-themed car service that lives on your phone has been having a really hard time lately in places like NYC and Paris? Well it turns out that things aren't going so great at home anymore either.
Even in Uber’s home state, the ride sharing app doesn’t get much love from the government. On Wednesday, the California Public Utilities Commission fined Uber $7.3 million for falling short of the commission’s reporting requirements.
Oof. But if only that was all.
In April, a different Californian judge ruled that a lawsuit by blind Californians accusing Uber of disability discrimination could move forward. Blind passengers reported drivers refusing to give them rides after seeing their guide dogs, and one woman said that her Uber driver locked her guide dog in the trunk. Federal law mandates that taxi companies and other transportation services transport service animals along with their owners.
That is some bad juju. Throw it in with the recent judgment that Uber's entire employment structure is basically in violation of state laws and you've got a real nightmare in the Golden State for a $40 billion startup hellbent on global domination.
There is also talk that California judges want to suspend Uber from doing business in its home state until they start to get their sh!t together.
Uber will be appealing all of this, of course, but massive regulatory blowback is not exactly what a company with so many IPO rumors swirling around it wants to hear right now.
Uber's home state fines it $7.3 million [Fortune]