Cabbies blow off pregnant woman

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Tracey - posted on 12/25/2010

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They have the right to refuse any job.
If they are concerned about the money take the fare up front.
Is a pregnant woman any more of a risk than a drunk who could puke on the seat? If they are t hat worried put a sheet on the seat.

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Thanks for the clarification Barb.

But really, you have to ask, how often does a pregnant woman's water break in a cab? And how often does a cabbie really deliver a baby? It's probably rare. And if a woman is that close to delivering, she should call the paramedics....someone who is trained to deliver and can speed and run red lights under protection of the law.

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Barb - posted on 12/25/2010

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I think it may be illegal but maybe hard to prove or enforce.

Excellent analogy Tracey!

Katherine - posted on 12/25/2010

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IMO it is discrimination and should be taken as such. I understand it's their lively hood, but even on a job application discriminating against a pregnant woman is illegal. So why wouldn't it be illegal in this case?

Lacye - posted on 12/25/2010

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Yes it is absolutely wrong for them to discriminate against pregnant women but on the other hand I do see where they are coming from. I wouldn't want to be cleaning fluids and blood and all of that out of the backseat of my car. Especially if I depended on that car for my job, like cabbies do!

Barb - posted on 12/25/2010

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Even in the States it seems to differ from state to state. Here is a good article on it:

http://www.lifescript.com/Soul/Self/Well...

While all 50 states follow the Civil rights act enacted in 1964 and cannot discriminate because of Race, Color, Religion, or National Origin; then the subsequent disabilities act; a business owner can still refuse service if a legitimate business need exists.

I think a good case could be made that having to clean up after labor would inhibit his business needs just like a bar owner could refuse service to a disruptive customer to save damage from his bar.

Sara, the Good Samaritan law is to protect people who save someone's life but injure them in the process. For example i'm choking in a restaurant and you give me the Heimlich maneuver but you break my ribs. I can't sue you for breaking my ribs.

Becky - posted on 12/24/2010

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While I can understand their point of view in the first 2 cases, the third seems pretty petty to me. There are going to be non-preggos who don't give them a tip as well, just because they're jerks. And there will be pregnant women who will tip, even though they only go a couple of blocks.
But even though I can see their point of view, I'd be pretty ticked off if I was trying to get to the hospital in labor and a cab wouldn't take me. On the other hand, in that situation, I probably would've just called an ambulance anyway!

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I would think this would fall under discrimination or a Good Samaritan Law...is there such a law in NZ?

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