Online Taxi booking app Uber has been going through a tough phase with several legal cases filed against it globally. In a recent development, a British tribunal ruled that Uber should not consider its drivers as self-employed and that the Taxi service provider should offer minimum wage and holiday entitlement to them.
In line with the above case, there are several other lawsuits filed against Uber in other countries. In August 2016, a US judge favoured the views of the Uber driver’s union and forced Uber to accept the proposal of the drivers for basic protection from the Company. In another instance, a federal judge has denied accepting a motion by Uber to compel arbitration in a passenger-lawsuit filed against the company’s Chief Executive officer over the lawfulness of surge-pricing.
Also in June, a group of 5,000 Uber drivers have filed a lawsuit for treating them as independent contractors and denying various basic employment protections. In February, a Uber customer has filed a petition in a New York Court alleging that there was a major difference between the quality of service provided by Uber, when compared to what has been charged.
Uber had also experienced similar legal hurdles in the Europe. A French court fined Uber Technologies 800,000 euros for running a Taxi service with non-professional drivers without a proper work license.
The Taxi service aggregate also had similar problems in India. In 2014, a passenger has reported of being raped and beaten after hailing a ride with Uber. However, the woman has later on voluntarily ended her lawsuit filed against Uber in the US federal court in 2016. In addition, Uber has also been the centre of criticism in the recent times for using the controversial system of surge-pricing.