Fingerprint checks show if a person was arrested, but the databases often do not indicate whether there was a conviction, and false arrests are not uncommon, especially in minority neighborhoods, Amanda DeSantis, Uber's regional trust and safety chief, told The Record in a phone interview. "We are looking for actual convictions," she said.
State licensing requirements that include comparing an applicant's fingerprints against those in criminal databases are routinely applied to nurses, teachers, taxi and limousine drivers, and mortgage brokers, among others. But Uber, the world's largest TNC, has resisted such a requirement.
"We think our screening stacks up quite well against the alternative, which is discriminatory against minority communities," DeSantis said. "In communities of color, people are arrested at a higher rate," she said.
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