Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced June 2 that Uber Eats, Postmates and DoorDash can no longer ditch delivery fees for Black-owned restaurants based on race, claiming it discriminates against non-Black-owned restaurants.
In June 2020, Uber Eats and Postmates, which is owned by Uber, announced they were waiving delivery fees from Black-owned restaurants in the United States and Canada. DoorDash followed suit, and the companies created a category on their apps’ landing pages featuring Black-owned restaurants, so customers could more easily find them.
DoorDash noted on its blog it saw an increase in searches for Black-owned businesses in June 2020 compared to the month prior.
The promotions came after March 25, 2020, when a Minneapolis police officer murdered George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, by kneeling on his neck. Floyd’s murder catalyzed worldwide protests to demand police accountability and justice for Black lives.
Why delivery apps can’t waive fees for Black-owned restaurants in Arizona
In Fall 2020, the Civil Rights Division of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office opened a case against the food delivery companies for alleged discrimination.
“Even with the best of intentions, corporations can do the wrong thing. Altering the price of goods or services based on race is illegal,” said Attorney General Mark Brnovich in a press release.
“My office opened these investigations and pursued these settlements to protect civil rights and ensure businesses offer their services and products based on equal and neutral criteria.”
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SOURCE: Arizona Republic, Priscilla Totiyapungprasert