Texas drivers sue Uber over wages, employment status

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Lawyers for 19 Texas drivers for the ride-hailing app Uber on Friday filed a class-action lawsuit in Houston, claiming the company’s oversight and control of supposedly independent drivers is so pervasive, they should be considered employees.

Further, lawyers said in the filing to the U.S. District Court for the Southern Division of Texas, the drivers made less than minimum wage when their time awaiting fares is calculated, despite the company’s claims in promotional materials that drivers could earn $100,000.

“Given the current fare structures, an individual would have to drive an exorbitant number of hours on a daily, weekly and monthly basis to even approach gross fares totaling this amount, much less earn this amount,” the lawyers wrote.

The lawsuit makes claims similar to those in others in various courts across the nation. 

Uber officials have not responded to request for comment. 


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