Thursday June 23, 2016

Chicago Knuckles Under In Uber Fingerprint Fight

That was easy. Apparently all you have to do to avoid fingerprints for background checks in Chicago is threaten to leave the city. Texas doesn't give a crap if Uber / Lyft pull out, it requires fingerprints for background checks regardless.

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder even got into the fracas, writing to Chicago city leaders, making the argument that fingerprinting may unfairly discriminate against people of color. However, Holder’s current law firm just happens to represent Uber. Uber and Lyft dangled the threat of exit (Ubxit?wink from Chicago, and the city flinched, reaching a compromise that removes the fingerprint requirement from the new rules, but gives Chicago six months to "study" the issue before revisiting it.