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RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug
Puckerman, "mistreatment" in this case is a euphemism for "not playing by all the rules". Uber and Lyft are facing increasing scrutiny on two fronts: employee vs independent contractor laws and price fixing. These sound disparate, but are really two sides of the same coin.

Employee vs contractor: Uber and Lyft say their drivers are contractors as the driver owns the car, sets their own hours and assumes liability in an accident. A lawsuit filed by a former driver in San Francisco states she made less than minimum wage and that Uber actually dictated how many rides had to be completed. That would make the driver an employee. This affects tax filings and insurance status of both the company and driver,

Price fixing: In another suit, it is claimed that these companies set pricing, thus restricting earnings of drivers. This creates a catch 22. If the drivers are truly contractors, they would be able to set their own prices through Uber/Lyft. If the companies set prices, that is a strong indication of an employee relationship.

So either drivers are employees and the companies need to pay taxes, insurance, etc while setting prices, or the drivers are contractors who should be free to set their own price.

TL;DR Uber/Lyft are trying to have their cake and eat it too.

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05-20-2016 01:12 PM
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Uber and Lyft leave Austin - puckerman - 05-19-2016, 10:59 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - samsamsam - 05-20-2016, 12:05 AM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - AboveAverageJoe - 05-20-2016, 12:22 AM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - Fast Eddie - 05-20-2016, 05:28 AM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - DJ-Matt - 05-20-2016, 10:17 AM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - samsamsam - 05-20-2016, 10:31 AM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - heavy - 05-20-2016, 10:39 AM
RE: Uber and Lyft leave Austin - Blaster - 05-28-2016, 09:29 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - Samseau - 05-20-2016, 12:04 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - samsamsam - 05-20-2016, 12:19 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - AboveAverageJoe - 05-20-2016, 12:29 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - puckerman - 05-20-2016, 12:48 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - AboveAverageJoe - 05-20-2016, 01:16 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - puckerman - 05-20-2016, 01:28 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - NilNisiOptimum - 05-20-2016 01:12 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - El Chinito loco - 05-21-2016, 01:27 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - El Chinito loco - 05-20-2016, 06:06 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - Phoenix - 05-21-2016, 03:34 AM
RE: Uber and Lyft leave Austin - Vaun - 05-22-2016, 08:23 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft leave Austin - Samseau - 05-22-2016, 08:45 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft leave Austin - rpg - 05-21-2016, 06:30 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft leave Austin - samsamsam - 05-21-2016, 06:38 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft leave Austin - Samseau - 05-22-2016, 07:41 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft leave Austin - storm - 06-11-2016, 12:08 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft leave Austin - Foolsgo1d - 03-15-2017, 10:51 AM
RE: Uber and Lyft leave Austin - puckerman - 03-14-2017, 11:22 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft leave Austin - puckerman - 07-15-2019, 07:16 AM

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