Uber, LYFT face legal battles over driver benefits

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Ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft continue to face legal troubles. This time, it’s coming from within. Lawyers have filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of ridesharing company drivers who say they are deserving of the benefits of true employees instead of contractors. Mark Niu filed this report from Mountain View, California.

Uber, LYFT face legal battles over driver benefits

Uber, LYFT face legal battles over driver benefits

Ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft continue to face legal troubles. This time, it's coming from within. Lawyers have filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of ridesharing company drivers who say they are deserving of the benefits of true employees instead of contractors. Mark Niu filed this report from Mountain View, California.

Highlights:

  • Uber and competitor LYFT now face separate class-action lawsuits on behalf of drivers. In both cases, Federal Court judges in San Francisco ruled it’s up to juries to determine whether rideshare drivers are independent contractors or employees deserving of benefits. Both judges suggested California’s laws may be outmoded in addressing the new sharing economy.

Uber cars out number yellow cabs in NYC
Uber is present in 55 countries around the world. But New York City is its largest market with more than 14,000 vehicles on the road. Labor activists say the company is flooding the big apple with part-time workers and drying up the yellow cab business.

CCTV’s Karina Huber filed this report.

Uber cars out number yellow cabs in NYC

Uber cars out number yellow cabs in NYC

Uber is present in 55 countries around the world. But New York City is its largest market with more than 14,000 vehicles on the road. Labor activists say the company is flooding the big apple with part-time workers and drying up the yellow cab business. CCTV's Karina Huber filed this report.

There are 27,675 vehicles for hire on NYC streets. Here’s how that breaks down:

Data: NYC Taxi and Limosine Commission

Highlights:

  • Many passengers say they’re happy with Uber’s service.
  • While there may be more Uber cars on the road, yellow cabs still dominate in terms of rides.
  • There are about 440,000 yellow cab rides per day. Uber only has 20,000 to 30,000 per day.
  • Uber is looking to add 10,000 more drivers to its fleet in New York City.

Michelle Miller of CoWorker.org on sharing economy
For a more in depth look at how the sharing economy is impacting traditional businesses, CCTV’s Phillip Yin spoke to Michelle Miller, Co-Founder of CoWorker.org.

Michelle Miller of CoWorker.org on sharing economy

Michelle Miller of CoWorker.org on sharing economy

For a more in depth look at how the sharing economy is impacting traditional businesses, CCTV's Phillip Yin spoke to Michelle Miller, Co-Founder of CoWorker.org.