Uber driver banned after ejecting lesbian couple in South Jersey

Kristin Gauthier and Jenn Mangan were kicked out of an Uber vehicle
Kristin Gauthier and Jenn Mangan were kicked out of an Uber vehicle for being gay. Photo from abc6 news in Philadelphia


A New Jersey Uber driver has been banned by the ride-share service after she evicted a lesbian couple from her car on Sept. 6. Kristin Gauthier and girlfriend Jenn Mangan were en route to the Zac Brown Band concert at BB&T Pavilion in Camden when the incident occurred.

The driver, identified only as Cynthia, pulled over to tell the couple to get out after Gauthier kissed Mangan on the cheek. Gauthier recorded the interaction on her phone after Cynthia said, “I don’t support that; she’s your girlfriend.” While recording, the driver attempted to slap the phone out of Gauthier’s hand, threatening to call the police on the couple.

“Are you kicking me out because I’m gay?” Gauthier is heard asking on the video, which has been viewed over 27,000 times on Facebook. Cynthia responded that she was. She then told Gauthier to get out.

The couple had to walk a half mile home in the rain before deciding to take a train to the concert. Gauthier filed a report with Uber and heard back from the ride-share company immediately.

“Uber does not tolerate discrimination in any form and we have been in contact with this rider,” Grant Klinzman, a spokesperson for the company wrote in an emailed statement to NBC News. “We removed the driver’s access to the app as soon as we were made aware of this incident.”

J.L. Gaynor
Out In Jersey magazine contributor J.L. Gaynor spent eight years in the newsrooms of two major New Jersey papers. A Jersey girl through and through: born, raised, and educated in New Jersey. Jen now lives in Maryland and has two dogs she adores, and reads just about anything she can get her hands on.