The popular cab ride company, Uber, is being forced to shell out millions to drivers after they accused the company’s payment methods of being unfair. Uber says they ‘miscalculated’ and is now shelling out $900 per driver. The total amount they have to shell out might top $45 million.
They 50,000 drivers that filed the claim. “The company [Uber] admits it inadvertently failed to account for taxes and supplementary fees when taking out money for its commission, meaning it unfairly took a higher cut,” reports the Daily Caller. The company pays drivers after they’re done taking out their fees and tax estimations.
“We made a mistake and we are committed to making it right by paying every driver every penny they are owed, plus interest, as quickly as possible,” said Rachel Holt, regional general manager of Uber in the U.S. and Canada.
The Daily Caller reports:
Recovering driver trust, though, may be a hard-pressed task.
While just one of many contractors, an Uber driver got in a heated argument with the company’s CEO Travis Kalanick after criticizing his business techniques, specifically undercutting competition by offering cheaper rides. The video was eventually publicized and Kalanick apologized for purportedly treating the driver “disrespectfully,” adding that he needs to “change as a leader and grow up.”
The ride-hailing business in general has been peppered with a number of scandals and mishaps in recent months and years.
Uber has been accused of operating three separate invasive spy programs since its inception. One was used to circumvent restrictive regulations. But the two others, respectively, were reportedly created and employed to spy on drivers of its ride-sharing little brother Lyft, as well as ordinary and celebrity patrons.