Lawsuit Filed in Boston Claims Car Service Uber Exploits Drivers

June 30, 2014

A Boston labor lawyer has sued the car service Uber, alleging that it exploits its drivers.

The suit filed on June 26 in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston by attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan says Uber Technologies Inc. misclassifies its drivers as independent contractors, making them pay for their own gas, insurance and other expnses, and to avoid paying them the same as employees with benefits.

The suit also says Uber violates state law regarding tips by keeping a portion of included gratuities instead of giving them entirely to the drivers.

The suit was filed on behalf of one Uber driver, but seeks class-action status.

An Uber spokesman said in a statement that “Uber will vigorously defend the rights of drivers to build their own small business, and riders to enjoy competition and choice.”

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  • June 30, 2014 at 4:32 pm
    Jeff says:
    Taxi drivers have been the victims of a monopoly for decades and decades. Not everyone will like Uber but this is 2014 and offers tremendous value for former taxi passengers
  • June 30, 2014 at 11:43 am
    Sam says:
    Ride-sharing is a fraudulent transportation model. It profits on refusal to comply with regulations, on non-payment of municipal business permits, on evasion of local taxes an... read more
  • June 30, 2014 at 11:41 am
    Don Quixote says:
    I don't like these ride share services for a variety of reasons, but it seems to me that nobody is putting a gun to people's heads making them sign up so this lawsuit is compl... read more
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