This Week in Rideshare: Confrontation, Cash, and California.

A passenger attacks their driver, DoorDash gives a “raise” and California sues Lyft. LegalRideshare breaks it down.

MONDAY 8/3/20

On Monday, a Lyft passenger attacked his driver over a partition. Flagler Live explains:

As the man drove, Smith “asked him about the partition in the vehicle, and became upset, attacking him by grabbing him in a chokehold,” according to Smith’s arrest report.

TUESDAY 8/4/20

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Uber announced that employees can continue to work from home. CNBC added:

Uber will allow employees to work from home through June 2021, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told employees at a meeting on Tuesday. The move is not a mandate, meaning workers will be allowed to return to offices if they open before then.


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On Wednesday, DoorDash announced it’s giving their drivers a raise….a whopping $0.78 a day for working during a pandemic. Vice reported:

“For each day you complete at least one delivery in the CA: San Francisco Starting Point, you’ll receive an additional $0.78 daily deposit on top of your regular earnings,” the email read.


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As expected, ridership numbers have continued to suffer during the pandemic. The Wall Street Journal reported:

Gross bookings for Uber’s rides declined 75% year-over-year in the three months ended June 30, the San Francisco-based company said Thursday. With the entire second quarter affected by the Covid-19 outbreak, bookings fell 72% from the first quarter when the pandemic first struck.

FRIDAY 8/7/20

The fights over wage and employment rage on as Lyft gets sued by California’s Labor Commission. NBC Bay Area explains:

The California Labor Commissioner’s Office announced Thursday that it has filed separate lawsuits against ride hailing services Uber and Lyft, accusing the companies of wage theft by misclassifying employees as independent contractors.

The suits, both filed in Alameda County Superior Court, claim that classifying drivers as independent contractors violates state labor laws and denies drivers basic workplace protections such as paid sick leave, unemployment insurance, minimum wages and overtime pay.

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