California Labor Commission Finds Uber Drivers Are Employees

On June 3, 2015, the California Labor Commission held that Uber Drivers are employees, not independent contractors, in a decision with broad potential implications for Uber’s business model.  Uber has consistently claimed that its drivers are independent contractors, and that Uber is merely a “technology platform” and not a transportation provider.  Uber driver Barbara Ann [...]

June 18th, 2015|Uber|Comments Off on California Labor Commission Finds Uber Drivers Are Employees

Uber’s Proposed War on its Press Critics

On November 19, 2014, the San Francisco Chronicle broke a story from BUZZFEED that a senior executive at Uber suggested the company consider hiring opposition researchers to dig up dirt on its critics in the media — and specifically to spread details of the personal life of a female journalist who has criticized the company. [...]

November 20th, 2014|Uber|Comments Off on Uber’s Proposed War on its Press Critics

Second Uber Driver’s Arrest Shines the Light on Uber’s Failed Safety Policies

Uber has not publicly demonstrated it actually does the police background checks that SF cab drivers are forced to undergo as a condition of being able to carry passengers. Uber has steadfastly refused to obtain the one million dollar insurance coverage  that cover vehicles driven by San Francisco taxi drivers whose companies are required to [...]

September 29th, 2014|Uber|Comments Off on Second Uber Driver’s Arrest Shines the Light on Uber’s Failed Safety Policies

Uber Seeks A Protective Order to Block All Public Disclosure of Whether It Complies With Law

A group of San Francisco taxi drivers, who have undergone police background checks, drive cars with meters that have regulated rates to prevent consumer gouging, have the Statutorily required insurance to protect passengers as well as third parties in the event of an accident, and drive vehicles that have undergone periodic safety checks, all of [...]

June 18th, 2014|Uber|Comments Off on Uber Seeks A Protective Order to Block All Public Disclosure of Whether It Complies With Law