In what the online ride-hail company describes as a “mistake,” Uber has been taking its commission from drivers’ gross fares, when its contract with drivers clearly states that Uber’s commission is docked from net fares, which are calculated after the subtraction of sales tax and the fee for the Black Car Fund.
That breach of contract means driver earnings per trip were about 2.6% smaller than they should have been, according to the company.
Uber estimates that an average of $900 is owed to each of the tens of thousands of current and former drivers in New York City. In total, the company anticipates paying out tens of millions of dollars. It could not provide a more specific figure.
“Uber’s theft of drivers’ hard-earned wages is the latest in a long history of underhanded tactics in this industry,” said Jim […]