An Uber driver has filed a case against the company alleging that he and other drivers are not being paid what was agreed. The proposed class-action lawsuit was filed Tuesday in federal court in San Francisco, according to ArsTechnica.
Drivers not being paid what were promised
Since its inception, the company has paid 80% of fares to drivers. However, Martin Dulberg, the driver who filed the case on behalf of all drivers, said the company has changed the method of calculating paid fares. The end result is that Uber pays in the range of 70% and 80% but not the full 80% of what the fare should be.
In recent years, there has been a string of lawsuits filed against the company by drivers and former drivers across the nation. All have complained that they are not being paid adequately. A few weeks ago, a federal judge in San Francisco approved a settlement between Uber and its customers to compensate for the company being dishonest about how drivers receive tips.
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Paul Maslo, who’s in charge of the Napoli Shkolink law firm’s 10 cases related to Uber, including the latest one, told ArsTechnica that the previous nine cases were in relation to the alleged misclassification of drivers as independent contractors. However, Maslo noted that the recently filed case is different.
Maslo said, “The crux of the complaint is that Uber breaches its agreement with drivers by not paying them the agreed-upon percentage of the fares they generate.”
Maslo added that many of their clients had brought this critical issue to their notice, and it is important to make sure that Uber abides by all its contractual obligations.
It’s raining problems for Uber
The problems do not seem to be settling down for Uber, with allegations ranging from inappropriate pay to harassment at the office. Only recently, a female engineer went public with her grievance of sexual harassment and discrimination by management. She said that even after repeated complaints about the sexual harassment to the HR department, management did nothing. This incident renewed the #DeleteUber campaign, which went viral last month.
After coming to terms with the incident, CEO Travis Kalanick apologized for the cultural breakdown at his company and said that anyone who commits or supports such wrongdoing will be shown the exit. Kalanick said this at Uber’s San Francisco headquarters during a meeting which reportedly went on for an hour.