Uber Pays $20M to Settle FTC Claims It Duped Drivers
More rulings against GIG economy exploiters need to come down because they are draining the lifeblood from lower and middle class job sectors by exploiting labor. The contractor economy is just flat wrong.
Uber has agreed to hand over $20 million to settle claims that it misled drivers about how much money they could expect to make working for the ride-hailing service and how much it cost to buy or lease a car through the company.
The charges were brought by the Federal Trade Commission on behalf of Uber drivers. The FTC will now distribute the $20 million to drivers affected by Uber’s reportedly bogus claims. Additionally, Uber is now prohibited from making false, misleading or unsubstantiated statements about drivers’ income.
“We’re pleased to have reached an agreement with the FTC,” an Uber spokesman said in an email. “We’ve made many improvements to the driver experience over the last year and will continue to focus on ensuring that Uber is the best option for anyone looking to earn money on their own schedule.”