Uber driver who booted 2 kissing women has licence suspended

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A lesbian couple who have been dating for two years were booted out of an Uber taxi in NY on Saturday for kissing.

In a shocking video posted on Facebook, the two women - Emma Pichl, 24, and her girlfriend Alex Iovine, 26 - could be seen being told by driver Ahmad El Boutari that their kiss was "illegal".

The Taxi & Limousine Commission has launched its own investigation.

Iovine and Pichl had ordered an Uber to ferry them from a friend's birthday party in Brooklyn to another party in East Village at around 5pm.

Alex Iovine and her girlfriend, Emma Pichl, are accusing an Uber driver in New York City of discriminating against them after he allegedly kicked them out of the vehicle for kissing in the backseat.

Speaking to the New York Post, Pichl recounted what happened, saying: "We got over the Manhattan Bridge into the city. We were just having a conversation throughout the ride and, at one point, we leaned over into the middle and peck-kissed", Iovine told CNN. The women then threatened to call the police and have the driver fired. "You aren't allowed to do this".

Both Uber and TLC are investigating the incident.

"This is an open society and Uber is a platform that is available to anybody regardless of your background, your orientation, and that is sacred to us", Khosrowshahi said.

'It's illegal, ' he said.

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Iovine said her reaction to the ordeal quickly went from shock to anger.

In the footage, Mr El Boutari says that kissing in an Uber is illegal - adding: "I don't want to argue with you, just get out of my vehicle".

The grabbie cabbie reaches for one of the women's phones to stop her from videotaping. Elbotari said that he would do the same for a straight couple, but admitted that he has less tolerance for a same-sex couple.

Uber's Community Guidelines state, in the "Give riders and drivers some personal space" section, "We all value our personal space and privacy". Uber refunded Iovine the $22 fare and reportedly apologized to her.

RAW VIDEO: Uber says it does not tolerate discrimination and is investigating.

"We've reached out to the victim, and will be starting the investigation today", Fromberg said. "I was very surprised".

"It's 2018 in New York City and this isn't the way we live any more". "It was a good lesson to show it can happen to you anywhere".

"It was a really bad experience - and ironically occurred on a bright sunny day during pride month in NYC", Iovine said.

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