HOUSTON – A popular rideshare company is accused in a federal class action lawsuit of failing to properly compensate its drivers.
Attorney Kevin R. Michaels of the Law Offices of Kevin R. Michaels, P.C. in Houston filed the suit against Uber Technologies, Inc. on behalf of 19 drivers in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas on June 19.
The class plaintiffs claim Uber “misclassified their employees as independent contractors to avoid paying minimum wage and overtime per the (Fair Labor Standards Act).”
Per the complainants, their relationship with Uber “is clearly that of employer-employee.” They additionally insist that they all worked in excess of 40 hours per week.
“The facts of this case will show that the workers/ employees are not independent contractors, and are owed minimum wage and overtime pay,” recent court documents assert.
Uber is further faulted for fraud, unjust enrichment, breach of contract, and “flagrant and persistent” misreporting of driver income on Form 1099’s.
A jury trial is requested.
Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case No. 4:17-CV-2011