Uber drivers News

Lawsuit Alleges Uber Uses ‘Biased’ Rider Ratings to Fire Drivers

Uber Technologies Inc. was accused in a lawsuit of violating the U.S. Civil Rights Act by firing minority drivers based on how they’re rated by customers. “Uber is aware that passengers are prone to discriminate in their evaluation of drivers, …

California Wants Judge to Force Uber, Lyft to Classify Drivers as Employees

California plans to ask a state court judge to force Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. to classify their ride-hail drivers as employees rather than contractors, ratcheting up the tension over a new gig worker law. Shares of both companies …

New York Court Rules Gig Drivers Are Employees Eligible for Unemployment Benefits

Drivers for the online food delivery service Postmates Inc. are employees who are eligible for state unemployment insurance, New York’s top court has ruled. The ruling upsets the “gig” business model of courier service Postmates and other platforms like transportation …

French Court Deals Blow to Uber by Giving Drivers Employee Status

France’s top court has recognized the right of an Uber driver to be considered an employee, a ruling that could upend the U.S. firm’s business model and potentially require it to pay more taxes and benefits such as paid holidays. …

Uber, Postmates Lose Bid to Block California Gig Worker Law… for Now

A U.S. judge on Monday rejected a request by Uber Technologies Inc. and courier services provider Postmates Inc. to block a California labor law from taking effect, saying the bill’s public benefits outweighed the companies’ concerns. U.S. District Judge Dolly …

Uber Wins Ruling That Drivers Are Not Employees in Brazil, Its 2d Biggest Market

A Brazilian higher court for labor ruled on Wednesday that there was no employment relationship between Uber and its drivers, siding with the ride-hailing company against a Sao Paulo driver. The federal judge in Brasilia ruled against recognizing an employer-employee …

UK Court Rules Contractor Entitled to Employment Rights in Test Case for Gig Economy

A London plumber who claimed he was unfairly dismissed after years of working as a contractor won a court ruling Wednesday [June 13] giving him employment rights, in a closely watched case testing labor rules in the so-called gig economy. …

Uber Expands Health Insurance Benefit to Drivers in 21 European Countries

Uber plans to offer all its European drivers an upgraded version of the health insurance it already provides in France in a drive to attract independent workers and fend off criticism over their treatment. The San Francisco-based taxi app, which …

Uber Drivers in Turkey Fear for Lives After Alleged Attacks by Traditional Cab Drivers

An Uber driver keeps a metal rod close at hand during his daily drives through Istanbul. Alarmed by violent attacks in recent weeks allegedly carried out by angry yellow cab drivers who want Turkey to ban the ride-hailing company, Levent …

Women Suing Uber Claiming Driver Sexual Misconduct Fight Arbitration

Women suing Uber Technologies Inc. over claims that it’s failed to protect thousands of passengers from sexual misconduct by drivers are fighting back against the ride-hailing giant’s move to force them into arbitration. The women alleged Thursday that rather than …