Reno, NV (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- A cab driver and his wife are suing the Yellow Cab Company of Reno after they were refused service allegedly because of the woman's disability.
The lawsuit filed against the Yellow Cab Company of Reno alleges violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and various violations of state transportation regulations.
James Doud, a former cab driver with Yellow Cab and his wife Melodie Doud claim they were refused proper service due to his wife's
Terri Keyser-Cooper, the lawyer handling the case says, "Everyone has the right to complain when their protected rights are
Cooper is representing James and Melodie Doud in a lawsuit against the Yellow Cab Company of Reno, citing alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, "They appeared at the airport ready for transportation and were denied service, they were denied service by two different yellow cabs, told to get out, we don't take people with disabilities."
According to the lawsuit, Mrs. Doud is a 66 year old amputee. As a result of cancer she has only one leg and uses a portable electric scooter and a crutch to get around, she also has two service dogs.
The lawsuit also states that the cab driver who denied the Doud’s service said he was not licensed to take anyone with disabilities and that they needed to wait for a proper vehicle. Cooper says that’s not true and it’s against the law, “Totally, completely false and Mr. Doud knows that, because he deals with cabs with his wife all the time, all over the country.”
When the Doud’s approached a second cab driver he said he couldn’t take them home, because it was against his religion to transport dogs.
Cooper says a lawsuit is the last thing you want to do, “Especially with Mrs. Doud, because she’s not suing for money. She’s suing for an injunction to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”
As for Mr. Doud who worked for Yellow Cab of Reno for 13 years. The lawsuit says he was terminated in retaliation for his complaints about him and his wife being refused service.
Michelle Bumgarner, Legal Council with The Yellow Cab Company made this statement to News 4 on Thursday, December 5, 2013, “At this point in time they deny all allegations, believe they don’t have any merit and we are prepared and are vigorously defending all the allegations contained in that suit. At this time the matter is in litigation and we aren’t prepared to make any further comments.”
The lawsuit is attached to this story. It is labeled: Doud Complaint.