Fellow ride-hailing company Juno filed its own lawsuit alongside Lyft.
New York City passed a law in August to ensure all ride-hail drivers are paid at least minimum wage.
Uber competitors, Lyft and Juno, have filed separate lawsuits against New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission over a new law requiring that drivers for ride-hailing companies make a minimum wage of $17.22 an hour. If Juno and Lyft refuse to pay the new minimum wage before the case is decided, they will be required to put the additional earnings aside in escrow accounts for drivers.
"Our lawsuit does not target the law passed by City Council, but instead addresses the specific way the TLC plans to implement the rules, which would advantage Uber in New York City at the expense of drivers and smaller players such as Lyft", Lyft spokeswoman Campbell Matthews said in an email.
The city's ruling on for-hire vehicle driver wages said Uber, Lyft, Gett/Juno and Via account for 75% of the ride-sharing business in New York City, with the overall trips booming from 42 million in 2015 to almost 159 million trips in 2017.
This position isn't popular among drivers, however. "Lyft has had every opportunity to pay a livable wage and they refused to do so - and now that we won a legal mandate, they are still refusing to pay a fair wage". The TLC said its new wage rules will give the typical Uber, Lyft or Juno driver a pay raise of almost $10,000 per year.Читайте также: Gemma Atkinson Gorka Marquez pregnant with Strictly Come Dancing baby
"This is an indefensible attack on workers by the billion-dollar corporations that profit from their labor", Jim Conigliaro Jr., founder of the Independent Drivers Guild, said in a statement.
The TLC's calculations for minimum-wage pay equals $17.22 per hour, which includes $15-per-hour minimum wage and extra for drivers' gas and vehicle costs. The number is based on drivers' miles traveled plus time driving, which is then divided by "utilization rate". But companies with lower utilization rates, like Lyft and Juno, would be at a disadvantage against Uber because they'll have to pay drivers more out of pocket to make up the difference, which will force them to raise fares.
Uber declined to comment on these allegations. The explosion of services like Uber and Lyft has been blamed for increasing traffic congestion. Uber appears to be showcasing itself as a global company with diverse features such as food delivery and flying cars.
Juno didn't immediately provide a comment. The law, scheduled to go in effect February 1, mandates that companies pay drivers at least $17.22 an hour after expenses or $27.86 before expenses.
First published January 20, 3:56 p.m. PT.Update, 5:24 p.m.: Includes information on the judge's ruling.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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