Dec 10, 2019

Uber Forced to Admit to Thousands of Rapes and Assaults in its Services

Attacks By Drivers For Hire Part of a Much Larger Problem? Attention Los Angeles commuters, especially females, Uber is back in the news. Unfortunately, it's for a simple reason. The now infamous ride-sharing company is on the hook for the story that it allowed thousands of rapes and sexual assaults. Companies like Uber and Lyft attempted to cover up such charges. And that is part of a much larger problem of power and money protecting evil companies. But now it's out in the open. So in just two years, Uber's services saw nearly 6,000 rapes and sexual assaults. 5,981, according to CNN. And the crimes took place between 2017-2018. This includes 464 reports of rape. Astonishingly, the company previously forced victims to clam up about the attacks and sign binding arbitration agreements. "The report showed that about 92% of the victims of rape were riders, and about 7% of the victims were drivers," CNN reported. Uber is likely to release further statements. However, no matter how they spin it, this is a damning report. Also, Uber's poor attitude allows for more assaults. Victims Deserve Justice. Victims of such attacks deserve more than statements from the company. Ridesharing corporations have so far gotten away with allowing these heinous acts for years. It's simply unacceptable. Worse, some people think we have to rely on lawmakers to make the difference. With a few exceptions, the states and the feds are scarcely interested in challenging a top political donor. It's often up to the victims themselves and their families. There is justice, including suing the companies that allowed this and the drivers themselves. Negligence is no excuse. The Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC, is one of the leading experts in ridesharing assault cases in the state of California. We fight for the victims of attacks and don't rest until they win. That is why we promise something simple: if you don't succeed, we don't get paid. We also offer immediate legal service, 24/7. Our firm will travel to you to inform you of your statutory rights. To find out more, and to speak to one of our legal experts, please call or email us immediately.

Mar 6, 2019

Are Uber Drivers Employees?

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Newest Accusation of Corporate Malfeasance. Our president and his help. One thing we know about Uber and Lyft is that traditional taxicab companies are on the brink of extinction. But in a California case at least, many cabbies may be drooling at a new era of hefty fares. What is the reason for all this? It appears that Uber stepped in it again. The ride-sharing company again is under the microscope. A former employee accused Uber of unfair fare practices. The former driver filed a mighty lawsuit. Also, the case, expected to be a significant precedent, is in the works. It alleges that Uber deliberately underpaid its employees. And considering a slate of recent cases, this seems very plausible. So now with victory in a North Carolina court, the floodgates opened. Ars Technica reported on the suit. And the case is from Michael Hood. Initially filed in 2016, Hood started a proposed class-action lawsuit that the company misclassified him as an independent contractor instead of an employee. In fact, this classification resulted in him being paid well under minimum wage. Astonishingly, in one case he alleges he made under $2 an hour. This case is just one of over a dozen similar cases against the company. Is This Just the Beginning? Hood's attorney expects thousands of potential litigants to join the case. All told, this could mean Uber on the hook for hundreds of millions in back pay. There is a local case, O'Connor v. Uber advancing through the case. If the O'Connor and Hood cases both proceed, Uber may face a wave of suits from across the country. Of particular concern, Uber consistently used its influence to underpay workers. And this influence includes manipulating the drivers themselves. Furthermore, this also includes some sleazy inroads to the government at all levels. However, Uber faces incredible push back against its model. Some significant rape, assault, and even murder cases came to the spotlight. Also, Uber faces off against Google. The two locked horns in a major self-driving car conflict. All of these add up. Uber lost some significant executives. The company is standing on its last legs. Perhaps this major suit will be the end of it. Maybe it might just be one part of it. In any event, we can see how traditional, licensed cab companies may be back in business, as Uber potentially declares bankruptcy. But beware, should that happen, look for cabbies to make the claim they too, are employees. So they could soon be arguing they are entitled to matching SSN, work comp, and a whole litany of job-killing rights. But for more info, including how these cases turned out, keep it here at the Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC.

Jan 6, 2019

Why Do Rape, Sexism Suits Dog Uber?

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Further Knowledge by Uber is Forthcoming? Rape victim. Fortune reported on a recent suit against the company regarding sexism. In one high-profile lawsuit, a woman claims an Uber driver tried to rape her. But why is this happening so much? There are mass reports and allegations of sexism against both men and women. One woman wrote that even after meeting with HR many times nothing changed. In the most recent case, another significant allegation emerged. It was so great that Uber's Vice President resigned. The company hired former US Attorney General Eric Holder to represent them regarding the controversy. Another Uber Rape Alleged? Ars Technica reported on an isolated but more severe case. The suit is crystal clear: "Uber has placed profits over safety by deliberately lowering the bar for drivers." A Minnesota woman alleges that one of Uber's drivers attempted rape in August 2016. The suit states that the driver, Abdel Jaquez, came on to her. After she had refused, he tried to rape her, it alleges. The lawsuit also states that Jaquez had a prior criminal record against another woman. The suit says that a simple fingerprinting and background check would have caught the issue before it unfolded. Furthermore, Uber's woes stem from its decentralized model. Due to its use of contractors as drivers, it has little control over their background and conduct. This check is part of the reason that so many allegations of sexual assault emerged. The reasons why these rapes are happening seems clear. The current management system incentivizes other criminal and ungentlemanly behavior among drivers. There's a reason many cities outlawed the app. It provides an unnecessary risk for others on the road and passengers. Are you looking for a way to get involved? Our site follows news of misconduct by Uber and Lyft drivers. Keep reading to find out more about efforts to protect riders. Our team is always ready to answer any questions or discuss your legal options. Ehline Law is among the leaders in the fight to uncover as much information as possible.

Jan 6, 2019

Greyball Scandal Shows Uber's Disrespect for the Law

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Another Brick in the Wall of Deceit. Uber's had quite a losing streak lately. The ridesharing service is repeatedly on the hot seat for allegations of fraud and violence from its drivers. The company itself is under some investigations and a high-profile fight with Google. Also, as if the news couldn't get worse, the company regularly deceived law enforcement for years. Wired called the situation a "terrifying pile of problems." A Cincinnati story shows how Uber systematically mistreats drivers. Another case brought by drivers seeks collective bargaining rights. And multiple lawsuits accuse Uber drivers of violence. But so far, it seems like it's just the tip of the iceberg. Greyball and Fraud. Vision statement The recent Greyball revelations are damning for the company. And the New York Times even reported on the growing controversy. However, Uber services are still used across the world, including Boston and Las Vegas, in the States. The ridesharing program began in 2014 and is still in use. Uber's organization was directly approved and developed by the company's legal team. Still, many cities and locations banned Uber's services after concerns over safety. But Uber deliberately deceived local officials on the nature of the rideshare program to keep it going. So now these issues show a complete disrespect for local law enforcement and communities. Each town and city have the statutory authority to allow or disallow certain types of business. Additionally, these municipalities are well within their rights to keep dangerous agencies and persons out and keep residents safe. Thus, we see the many bad decisions by ride-sharing apps. We know that Uber as fought law enforcement for years. However, the ridesharing service will not stop there. Furthermore, local and state law enforcement does its best to prevent assaults and fraud. Uber doesn't respect that at all. For more information about lawsuits against Uber and Lyft, continue reading our page. We are among the leading firms studying the many problems around these companies. Also, Ehline Law's experts see the many cases of abuse against consumers. Keep the dial here for more info.

Jan 4, 2019

The End of the Uber Model in View?

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Beverly Hills car crash involving minivan. Many consumer lawyers are holding their breath. Since Uber has come into being, a whole new cottage industry has taken hold in tort law. Drivers are suing for worker’s comp benefits, and lawyers are suing for negligent hiring. Since the drivers are required to carry more than minimum coverage, lawyers are finding it easier to get clients paid. So although more people are getting hurt as passengers, there is money to pay them. In any event, shareholders ousted the CEO of Uber, Travis Kalachnik, after a string of failures. The ride-sharing company's reputation, already weak, plummeted in the last several months. Between rapes, assaults, legal issues, and crashes, it stands on the brink of collapse. There were several other shakeups. Will this one solve the many problems Uber faces? The LA Times reported that while Kalachnik is gone, a class action suit still hangs around his shoulders. Wired openly wondered why more employees aren't suing the company. Business Insider reported on the possible successors. Regardless of who the company chooses, there's still a huge underlying issue. Business Insider also reported that the actions face the death of a potential IPO. QZ reports that the company may poach a top Alphabet official. That may be, but it is likely too little too late. Also, consider the last time Uber did that and its results. Is The Future of Uber in Doubt? All of these factors alone may kill any other company. Considering the long line of legal issues and lies from Uber, this may be the last straw. Its other officers implicated in similar actions, the company may be better off just starting from scratch. Where does this leave the average consumer? It appears that the regular consumer is out in no man's land. They already complained about poor service. Now they also face the end of whatever bit they already had. For the average rider, there is no sharing of the misery the corporate leadership created. Ehline Law's been out front on these types of issues for years. We've covered the potential risks for drivers and consumers alike using Uber or Lyft. Furthermore, the risks don't just end with Kalachnik gone. However, maybe they'll get just a little bit better instead of getting worse. So personal injury lawyers may need to look to Lyft as a source of defendants. But ultimately, what this means to PI accident lawyers is that other defendants could replace Uber. In any event, it appears Uber could be in for some serious trouble.

Jan 4, 2019

California’s New Traffic Laws and You

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Beverly Hills car crash involving minivan.
Changes for Commuters and Passengers Alike? Beverly Hills car crash involving minivan. A new slate of laws came onto the books recently. California's new legislative year means some critical changes to just about every role of life in the Golden State. Furthermore, many of the most significant changes involve the road and those on it. The LA Times reported on some of the changes ahead. One of the most substantial changes responds to the Pokemon Go craze. Drivers are not able to operate a motor vehicle while playing the game. Also, the state established rules for motorcycle speeds while lane splitting. And there is a significant advance revolving around ride-sharing apps. The companies Uber and Lyft can no longer hire sex offenders, DUI offenders, or violent felons. The companies hired some drivers accused of attempted rape and violence against passengers. This is a significant win for all riders. Also, drivers for the ridesharing companies cannot operate their vehicles with a blood alcohol level above 0.04%. There were also advances for passengers of other types of transport. And this includes a charter bus. The action comes two years after the Orland crash killed ten people. Drivers of these vehicles must give their passengers written, or video instructions on how to use safety equipment, and emergency exits. School districts now must change their bus driver training to prevent children from being left alone on buses. Violations must be reported to the state DMV. Many Avenues for Effects. All of these have their changes. It is not clear how the laws will function in the real world. Some, like protections for ride-sharing consumers, are well overdue. It also follows other locations outright banning the practice. Changes to charter vehicles are also past due but likely do not go far enough. We here at Ehline Law watch these types of cases closely.  And we will advocate for the rights of motorists and passengers alike. Keep reading our site for more information on how these changes will affect you and your family.

Jan 4, 2019

Uber Under Fire in the UK

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Uber is under scrutiny yet again for its shady business practices. The city of London banned the US-based company for many of its policies. To the trained eye, it's no major surprise. Uber flouted some local ordinances and British law for years. The company almost relished getting away with things no other company could. Now the bell tolls for Uber. Uber is not only banned from Britain's capital but also faces a closer look for many of its other practices. Its shady way of hiring and retaining employees is also under fire, the Guardian reported. Now Uber's London transport license is no more and pending appeal. Part of a Wider Issue? However, Uber doesn't seem to be mending its ways. Furthermore, this comes after some issues in the United States and beyond for the company's disrespect of local laws. Several drivers assaulted passengers-- including sexual assault. Each one is a severe issue that needs to be addressed by the company. So, what is Uber's next move? Sad to say, experts, don't know. The ridesharing company appears to double down. Furthermore, it flouts local, state, and national regs. All of these are a potential danger for the passenger and those on the road. Take, for example, the fact that Uber does not require a close look at a driver's record. While they review their license, some Uber drivers are convicted felons. In other cases, the Uber driver is a very poor motorist. When you get into a car with such a driver, this isn't clear. Each state and city has a job to do: to ensure the safety of their citizens and visitors. Uber makes that job harder every step of the way. Perhaps London's ban is a significant step towards the company's future reform or fall. Both might be necessary.

Jan 3, 2019

Why Did Uber's President Resign?

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Jones Leaves Under Storm of Controversy Injury Lawyer at work. The President of the embattled ride-sharing company Uber stepped down in a haze of accusations. Jeff Jones lasted only about six months in his position. Also, during this period critics and governments accused Uber of various legal and civil issues. Recode covered the breaking news Sunday. Jones wasn't the president of the ride-sharing company for even a year. He leaves under a cloud of controversy. Furthermore, many concerns rose about allegations of drivers and sexual harassment and sexism. Uber confirmed the move, saying that the President didn't see a future at the company. Jones, for his part, said that the firm's path was contrary to his own "beliefs and approach to leadership." The news reports that Jones did not expect such a turbulent period with Uber. Recode called it a "very troubled ship." Jones was a former leader at Target. While his resume was impressive, the rot within Uber was not. Uber faces multiple controversies regarding sexism, assaults and more. An Uber driver attempted to rape a passenger in one case. In another, a former employee accused the company of rampant sexism. The company saw multiple resignations over the last several months. Furthermore, its model is increasingly unstable. Young riders will soon drift away from the poor service. Just the other day, Italy banned Uber as unfair competition. A Graying Landscape Each one of these issues is another nail in Uber's coffin. Companies such as Uber and Lyft will likely survive. But their model is aging. Many riders are sick of inappropriate treatment, a potential for violence, and a lack of recourse. Many cities moved to ban or restrict the practice. For more info about Uber and its issues, keep the dial here. Ehline Law reports on the problems of the day. We profiled the company in the past, including the many suits against them. Their issues will not go away. Press freedom and more light are some of the solutions. In conclusion, be careful when you call that driver or use that app.