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Uber loses FLSA lawsuit over misclassified California driver

Popular ride-hailing service Uber may have its business model turned upside as the California Labor Commission ruled that in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), at least one Uber driver, Barbara Ann Berwick, must be classified as an employee, not an independent contractor. In order to avoid paying benefits and overtime-related expenses by treating its drivers as actual Uber employees, Uber’s business model has opted to classify the drivers as “independent contractors,” despite the company’s crucial dependence on the drivers. In defense of this business model, Uber has long stated that it only operates as a software company ... Read More

Uber data breach announced five months after discovery

A nationwide Uber data breach has put almost 50,000 Uber drivers at risk of identity theft after the transportation company admits to being aware of the cyberattack five months prior. According to Katherine Tassi, managing counsel of data privacy with Uber, the breach likely occurred on May 13, 2014, by an unknown third party. The Uber database accessed was used to store driver names and license numbers. The stolen information has yet to result in any reports of fraud. Uber did not learn of the data breach until Sept. 17, 2014, after which the company reportedly “immediately changed the access protocols ... Read More