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Uber ordered to pay $1.1m to blind passenger who was denied rides 14 times

Ride share giant Uber must pay a blind passenger $1.1m following a discrimination claim that its drivers unlawfully denied her rides on 14 occasions, an arbitrator decided Thursday. This arbitrator rebuffed the company’s position that it wasn’t liable for drivers’ behavior given their status as contractors, according to news website Insider. San Francisco Bay Area…
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April 2, 2021 0

Uber driver assaulted by unmasked rider: ‘People all over have experienced this’

An Uber driver in San Francisco who was assaulted by an unmasked passenger has spoken out about the incident, saying that he was attacked after asking the woman to get out of the vehicle and taunted because of his race and job. Video of the incident went viral, prompting a police investigation an an outpouring…
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March 11, 2021 0

‘I can’t keep doing this’: gig workers say pay has fallen after California’s Prop 22

Weeks after Proposition 22 went into effect in California and exempted some major tech firms from fully complying with labor laws, workers for rideshare and delivery apps in the state claim poor working conditions have persisted and pay has decreased. Drivers and labor groups opposed Prop 22, saying it would allow companies to sidestep their…
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February 18, 2021 0

Big tech threw $200m at a ballot measure to hurt gig economy workers. And they won | Ross Barkan

One of the darker outcomes of 21st-century work life has been the predatory gig economy. Divorced from healthcare benefits and regular pay, millions of workers are told they are supposed to be lucky to drive passengers around in a car for ever-diminishing returns. Last week, there was hope that Proposition 22, a ballot measure that…
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November 13, 2020 0

Uber bought itself a law. Here’s why that’s dangerous for struggling drivers like me | Cherri Murphy

Last week, Uber bought itself a law. Along with Lyft, Instacart, DoorDash and Postmates, app companies spent more than $200m – the most spent on any ballot campaign in US history – to bankroll Proposition 22 in California. With its passage, the law will now exempt drivers like me from basic protections afforded to most…
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November 12, 2020 0

Prop 22: why Uber’s victory in California could harm gig workers nationwide

After a historic spending spree and an aggressive public relations campaign, Uber and Lyft emerged victorious on election day when California voters passed a ballot measure that exempts gig companies from having to treat their drivers like employees. For big tech companies, the win was a crucial step in their fight to protect their business…
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November 11, 2020 0