Uber has the problem many successful businesses suffer from. They have a product that is highly in demand, but government regulations are stifling their success.
California chief administrative law judge Karen V. Clopton recommended Wednesday that Uber be fined $7.3 million and suspended from operating in the state, the Los Angeles Times reported. The judge wrote that her proposed ban would last until Uber "complies fully with outstanding requirements."
In her decision, Clopton stated that Uber has not complied with state laws where a car service would need to report the number of requests of people with disabilities or service pets. This requirement is supposed to ensure that drivers are not discriminating against passengers based on where they live and who they are.
Other mandated reporting data includes date, time, zip code, and fare paid.
Uber's 2014 report did not include any of those hard numbers, the judge said. Instead, they just provided "aggregates, averages, and percentages," as well as a heat map showing the zip codes where they received the most requests.
Eva Behrend, a spokeswoman for Uber, said that the decision was "deeply disappointing."
“We will appeal the decision as Uber has already provided substantial amounts of data to the California Public Utilities Commission, the information we have provided elsewhere with no complaints. Going further risks compromising the privacy of individual riders as well as driver-partners," Behrend said in a statement.
While the $7.3 million fine is a large sum, it is less than 1 percent of the $5.9 billion that Uber has raised in investments.
The harder hit comes from the ban, as it prevents millions of potential customers from accessing their service.