Kalanick said the reason for not wanting to fingerprint was actually about justice for people who have been unfairly snared in the U.S. criminal justice system. By using other background check methods, Uber gives more people who have been arrested the opportunity to work as drivers.
“Imagine a country where people might get arrested who shouldn’t get arrested. Imagine if that country were the U.S.,” said Kalanick. “We have systems in place where if you’re arrested, you literally can’t get work, even if you’re found to be innocent. And it’s unjust.”
He blamed the incumbent industries, like taxis, for pushing fingerprints as a way to protect their own interests. It’s the kind of pushback a successful entrepreneur should expect.
There are NO good reasons not to do “Fingerprint Backgrounds.” You know why? Because I am a Father, Husband, Brother, Uncle, and Friend. And if your negligence allows you to hire someone you should not have hired that you could have known about prior to his hire, and he hurts my Children, Wife, Cousin, Parents, or anybody else I care about, then it is you that has hurt them.
How is it you that has hurt those that I care for? Simple! You had the ability to prevent the situation from ever threatening my people, but chose to allow them be endangered by your failure to make the proper decision. There are already over one hundred incidents involving Uber Drivers nation-wide that possibly could have been avoided had you given the right consideration to the matter.
Then there is the concern for the well being of the Company. You may think Uber suffers no liability for anything that happens, but your own negligence in this situation will likely open the doors for some very costly legal actions that even if you win, will cost the Company severely.
The Fingerprint Background is the only method available to you to ascertain prior criminal misconduct. This stuff about the data being unjust is crap. Yes, crap! You could use that data and set up parameters for what data could be used against an applicant, such as not using any data that did not result in a conviction a hell of a lot easier than fighting the requirement completely, and be less costly. What you cannot do is, repair the harm possibly done by someone that does not belong driving a car given the public’s trust. And, how many incidents do you think it will take before Uber loses popularity?