Florida Uber Driver Sues Company Over Right To Carry Gun On The Job

A South Florida Uber driver is arguing his right to carry a gun while working. 

Jose Mejia, 28, has been working for the ride-sharing company for a year and a half, but says that he does not always feel safe behind the wheel lately. 

The turning point, Mejia said, was an incident last December when a different Uber driver was robbed at gunpoint in Aventura during a ride. But the Uber driver pulled out his own weapon and killed one of the two suspects on the spot.

Mejia filed a class-action lawsuit in civil court against Uber because of its policy that bans drivers and passengers from carrying firearms, even if they're legally licensed to do so.

Attorney Elizabeth Lee Beck believes state and federal laws favor independent contractors such as Uber drivers, who in normal situations, can conceal and carry legally up to the parking lot of their employer.

Uber has not been reached for comment on the lawsuit.

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