Uber is one of the most controversial ride-sharing companies in the nation. Uber drivers caused many accidents across the country, especially in California.
Also, many politicians banned the use of the service in their areas due to safety and legal concerns.
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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.
Are Uber Drivers Employees or Independent Contractors?
One the 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 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 a 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.
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 fought and won hundreds of similar cases. Let us be your shield. Ehline Law helps families in many ways. These include recovering lost wages, signing up for programs like Worker's Comp, Disability, and Unemployment. We can help recover the costs of medical treatment and therapy, both mental and physical. Our experts understand the strain you and your loved ones are forced to deal with.
We offer all that we can. Contact Ehline Law for more information today. Our Uber/Lyft injury attorneys are available via email and phone 24/7. Besides that, read our site for more details about the risks of Uber and Lyft, or call (213) 596-9642.