BOSTON (AP) — A Boston labor lawyer has sued the car service Uber, alleging that it exploits its drivers.
The suit filed Thursday in Suffolk Superior Court by attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan says Uber Technologies Inc. misclassifies its drivers as independent contractors, making them pay for their own gas, insurance and other expenses, and to avoid paying them the same as employees with benefits.READ MORE: Police Investigating After Woman Says Baby Was Found In Trash Can On Dorchester Avenue
The suit also says Uber violates state law regarding tips by keeping a portion of included gratuities instead of giving them entirely to the drivers.
The suit was filed on behalf of one Uber driver, but seeks class-action status.READ MORE: Owners Of Truck Company Charged In Connection To Crash That Killed 7 Motorcyclists
An Uber spokesman said in a statement that “Uber will vigorously defend the rights of drivers to build their own small business, and riders to enjoy competition and choice.”
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