Black Mother and Daughter File Lawsuit After Being Terrorized by Racist Uber Driver During Ride

An South Carolina woman and her daughter have filed a lawsuit against Uber following a ride during which their driver hurled racial slurs toward them both. Along with driving  erratically, and refusing to let them out of the car.

Jovene Milligan, 52, works as an administrative assistant at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, and her daughter were going to Charleston for Mother’s Day weekend when their car broke down in Aiken. Then once they were told that due to COVID-19 protocol, they weren’t allowed to ride in the truck with their AAA driver, Milligan ordered the pair an Uber to drive them to Columbia to meet their car.

In Milligan’s lawsuit, the driver, identified as “Daniel,” asked where she and her daughter were from. Then when they referred to themselves as “African Queens” the attack started. He called them both the N-word, which was captured on video. Then started swerving and speeding on the highway.

“It got very scary, to the point where I didn’t know whether we’d have to protect ourselves,” Milligan told News 2. “The driver was erratic, driving recklessly, he was constantly calling us [expletives].”

“Daniel” would not let Milligan and her daughter out of the vehicle when asked and, in fear for their lives, she reached for a gun in her purse. “I was constantly monitoring his GPS to make sure we were still in route even though he wouldn’t let us out,” Milligan said.

Once they got to the car dealership, the lawsuit alleges that “Daniel” ended their trip by throwing out the passengers’ bags and shouting, “You (N-words) aren’t welcome in Aiken!”

Now the women are suing Uber for negligent hiring, and the driver for assault, infliction of emotional distress, and false imprisonment.

“This guy should not be driving. I work in law enforcement. If someone wants to volunteer at the jail, they have to have extensive background check just to visit an inmate,” Milligan told The State. “Just as Uber drivers have to have insurance on their vehicles, there needs to be another prerequisite for safety, like a camera installed in every vehicle.”

Milligan wants Uber to reexamine their safety protocols. “Making sure that if something does happen to somebody, that they have a panic or emergency button. That way… we can track it down and get to some help,” she stated.

Uber has released a statement, confirming that they have removed the driver’s ability’s to work for the company. “Everyone has a right to feel safe when using the Uber platform and what these riders experienced is extremely upsetting,” reads the statement. “We have a clear non-discrimination policy and we have removed this driver’s access to the app.”

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