Uber Fined $59 Million for Refusing to Turn Over Sexual Assault Data to CPUC

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 14, 2020, an administrative judge ruled that Uber – the most popular transportation network company (TNC) in the United States – must pay a fine of more than $59 million for repeatedly refusing to turn over data related to the company’s 2019 sexual assault report …

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California Proposition 22 Passes to Keep Uber and Lyft Drivers as Contractors

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 3, 2020, “California Proposition 22, the App-Based Drivers as Contractors and Labor Policies Initiative” was approved by voters in the state to allow app-based ride-hailing and delivery services such as Uber and Lyft to keep classifying their drivers as independent contractors instead of employees. A …

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Appeals Court Rules Uber and Lyft Must Stop Classifying Drivers as Contractors

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 22, 2020, a California appeals court ruled in a unanimous decision that Uber and Lyft must comply with a preliminary injunction requiring them to stop classifying their drivers as independent contractors so they receive the same protections and benefits as other workers at the transportation …

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Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Reviews Lyft Background Check Process

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In August 2020, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) Bureau of Audits released a background check process review of ride-sharing app provider Lyft since public utilities in Pennsylvania – including transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Lyft – are subject to the PUC’s authority to supervise and …

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CA Judge Orders Uber and Lyft to Classify Drivers as Employees Not Contractors

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 10, 2020, in a ruling that could possibly affect the “gig economy,” California Superior Court Judge Ethan Schulman ordered Uber and Lyft to reclassify their drivers from independent contractors to employees so they receive the same protections and benefits as other workers at transportation network …

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Delaying Background Checks for Uber and Lyft Drivers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Some drivers for two of the most popular transportation network companies (TNCs) in the United States – Uber and Lyft – may face suspension as the ongoing Coronaviris (COVID-19) pandemic causes numerous court closures that delay the background checks they need to work, according to a report …

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Uber Releases Safety Report on Fatalities and Sexual Assaults During Rides

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Uber – the most popular transportation network company (TNC) in the United States with more than 45 rides occurring every second in 2019 – has released its long awaited U.S. Safety Report for 2017-2018 that shared information about critical safety incidents such as fatalities and sexual assaults …

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Portland OR Suspends or Revokes Permits for 168 Drivers for Uber and Lyft

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A review of records from the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has revealed 168 cases in the past five years where city inspectors either suspended or revoked permits of drivers working for Uber and Lyft “because of criminal or driving history,” according to a news report from …

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Lawsuit Claims Lyft Received Nearly 100 Sexual Assault Complaints Over Two Year Period in California

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A mass tort lawsuit filed “on behalf of 14 rape and sexual assault victims” against Lyft, Inc. claims the transportation network company (TNC) received nearly 100 sexual assault complaints over a two-year period in California, according to an announcement made by the law firm of Estey & …

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Alleged War Criminal Passed Background Check Process to Become Ride-Share Driver for Uber and Lyft

Written By ESR News Editor Thomas Ahearn An “alleged war criminal accused of torture and directing mass executions” in Somalia passed the background check process to become a transportation network company (TNC) ride-share driver for Uber and Lyft while living in the United States, according to a report from CNN (Cable News Network). “They just …

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