Articles by Josh Eidelson

Uber, Lyft Balk at Revealing Contracted Drivers’ Names; Claim ‘Trade Secrets’

Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. have argued to Chicago city officials that the names of their drivers should be treated as “trade secrets,” and should not be released because competitors could use the information to attempt to hire them …

Uber, Lyft Pledge $60M to Fight Possible California Labor Ballot

Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. are putting $60 million behind a potential ballot measure to ensure they don’t have to reclassify their California drivers as employees. The ride-hailing giants and other gig companies that rely on contractors who aren’t …

Union Not Siding with Rideshare Operators on California Labor Law

Uber and Lyft suffered a setback in their months-long fight against rules that could force them to reclassify California drivers as employees. The ridesharing companies, along with other businesses that depend on gig-economy work, have been talking with unions about …

Uber, Lyft Appeal for Deal on Driver Status as Independent Contractors

Faced with legislation in California that endangers their business model, Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. are urging a compromise that would keep their drivers from being considered employees. “We can make independent work better if we update century-old employment …

JPMorgan Settles for $5 Million with Employee Who Claimed Anti-Dad Bias

JPMorgan Chase & Co. has agreed to pay $5 million to resolve a discrimination claim filed by a male employee who alleged the bank’s parental leave policy was biased against dads. The payout resolves a 2017 complaint brought by the …

McDonald’s Workers in Chicago Asking OSHA to Look into Pattern of Violence

Every 36 hours on average, American local news outlets deliver a new report on violence at a McDonald’s. A group of employees in Chicago say workers bear the brunt of such incidents, enough to constitute a pattern of regular on-the-job …

Facing Complaints, McDonald’s Outlines New Anti-Harassment Policy

McDonald’s Corp., in the face of criticism for its handling of harassment complaints, said it’s training workers to deal with the issue and is starting a hotline for victims. In a letter responding to an inquiry from U.S. Senator Tammy …

Google Agrees to More Changes in How It Handles Harassment, Misconduct Complaints

Google unveiled another round of policy changes to address employee concerns about misconduct at the world’s largest internet search company. Staff can now lodge complaints and concerns about harassment and other misconduct at work via a new website. During meetings …

Union Claims Amazon Illegally Fired Activist Employee

A union organizing Amazon.com Inc. employees in New York has filed a complaint accusing the company of illegally firing one of the labor group’s most prominent supporters. The Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union submitted a complaint Wednesday to the …

Tesla Defends Factory Worker Safety as Injury Days-Off Rise

Tesla Inc. factory employees spent almost three times as many days off the job because of work-related injuries and illness in 2018 as the year before, an indication of just how much strain they were under as they manufactured electric …