Lyft driver may lose license over sex harassment claim

Lyft driver may lose license over sex harassment claim


A horndog hack should lose his taxi license and pay a stiff fine for telling a creeped-out female passenger about his and his friend’s sex drives, a city judge ruled Wednesday.


Daljit Singh, 21, was accused of sexually harassing the passenger after picking her up through the ride-hailing app Lyft on the evening of May 30 and taking her on a roundabout ride home.


The lewd talk included Singh asking her if she ever had sex in a car — and that his fellow cabby friend got busy with riders “all the time,” according to a decision by an Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings judge.


Singh even bragged that he once drove a female passenger from New York City to Buffalo — and when the marathon ride ended, she asked him to have sex, the decision said.

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The passenger in the May ride told the judge handling the sex harassment trial that she was terrified Singh would lock her in his car or follow her when she got out.


She “was afraid that (Singh) would chase her into her building after she got out of the car at her destination,” the judge, Joycelyn McGeachy-Kuls, wrote in her decision on Wednesday.


“She wondered if she had anything in her bag that she could use as a weapon if (Singh) attacked her.”


McGeachy-Kuls recommended that the Taxi and Limousine Commission revoke Singh’s license and fine him $1,350.

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Singh now has 10 days to appeal the decision before the TLC acts on the recommendation.


Singh — who got his hack license in April of this year — could not be reached for comment. He also did not appear at the trial.


The taxi commission brought the charges against Singh after the female passenger — a software developer — complained to 311 after the ride.


The passenger used her Lyft app after getting off a flight at Kennedy Airport. She shared the ride with a male rider who had a dropoff location in the same Manhattan neighborhood.

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Singh initially headed to the Bronx before the two passengers told him he was going the wrong way.


Then he dropped off the male passenger first — even though the female rider was closer. The creepy conversation started when the male passenger got out, the decision said.


The woman testified that when she got out of the cab, she contacted Lyft for fear Singh would pick up another female.


“Who knows what he’ll do,” she recalled telling Lyft.


Lyft gave her a refund and told her it would investigate her complaint.


The company did not respond to a request for comment.

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