Ride sharing services such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar have received rave reviews from customers. These services offer low-cost and convenient options over taxi services, limousines and public transportation. While these companies have been praised by customers, the drivers that choose to work for them have reported numerous problems. Many of these issues have led to these drivers filing Uber lawsuits against the company. Many of these Uber lawsuits cite unfair working conditions, broken promises and misclassifying employees.
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Dozens of drivers have joined in a class-action Uber lawsuit against the company for misclassifying its employees as independent contractors. The Uber lawsuit claims that the service forces its drivers to pay for gasoline, vehicle maintenance and other expenses without reimbursement. The suit also alleges that Uber informs customers that its prices for rides include gratuities and that customers should not offer cash tips to drivers. However, the suit claims that drivers do not receive these included gratuities.
Uber Lawsuits and Workers Compensation
Another aspect of the Uber lawsuits stems from drivers suffering from injuries while on the clock. Several news reports have told of Uber drivers injured on the job, whether in vehicle accidents or assaults by passengers. The drivers’ status as “independent contractors” also exempts the company from paying into each state’s workers compensation insurance programs. Drivers who suffer injuries on the job must pay their own medical expenses. The Uber lawsuits seek to recover these medical expenses for injured drivers.
Uber Lawsuits and Worker Safety
The Uber lawsuits, as well as similar cases filed against so-called “on-demand employment” companies, also highlight the lack of worker safety programs these companies have in place. Under current law, the safety standards for companies that employ independent contractors are much looser than those regarding employees. The plaintiffs in Uber lawsuits are also seeking compensation in cases where the company showed negligent behavior in enforcing safety standards for its drivers.
Awards in Uber Lawsuits
Drivers who participate in Uber lawsuits may be eligible for substantial awards. The awards in these Uber lawsuits can include:
Doctor’s office visits
Pain and suffering
Future medical expenses
Lost future income
… and much more
Know Your Rights in an Uber Lawsuit
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