Wage Theft By EatStreet

https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/1409189608&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true EatStreet is a local food delivery service.  How did this company begin? Matt Howard and Alex Wyler, along with a third cofounder, met in their freshman year at the UW-Madison and launched its first food delivery website. Seven years later, in 2018, EatStreet had raised over 37 million dollars. Launched in 250 markets and …

Madison food delivery giant EatStreet predicts insolvency, foreclosure

In a federal court filing last Friday, Madison-based food delivery company EatStreet said it can no longer pay $1.2 million to settle a lawsuit brought by workers, and is likely headed for insolvency and foreclosure. Workers’ attorneys question that claim.  The court filing marks the latest development in a years-long class action lawsuit brought by …

EatStreet Delivery Drivers Win Nod for $1.2 Million Settlement

Delivery drivers who say EatStreet Inc. improperly used their tips to meet minimum wage obligations may move forward with a $1.24 million deal resolving the dispute, a federal judge in Wisconsin said. The latest settlement clarifies state-law class and Fair Labor Standards Act collective definitions and adequately demonstrates fairness, fixing problems that caused the US District Court …

Union Dash: Colorado’s Gig Economy Drivers Are Joining Forces

Sandra Parker-Murray has been a union member for 25 years through the Communications Workers of America. Until September, she worked at Avaya, a business communications company, as a service coordinator. The job brought her to Denver from Atlanta in 2008, and it would have taken her to Oklahoma this year if she’d followed the company. Instead, she …

Is the Uber, Lyft and gig economy battle over workers nearing its end game?

Proposed Department of Labor rules stop short of classifying Uber and Lyft drivers as employees. But the Biden administration’s pro-worker bias has analysts wondering what may come next in the battle over the gig economy and union momentum in the U.S. workforce. In a worst-case scenario, costs could rise as much as 30 percent for …

Federal gig worker proposal tanks Uber, Lyft and DoorDash stocks

The stock prices of Uber, Lyft and DoorDash slid on Tuesday after the Department of Labor announced proposed changes to how workers should be classified. The prospective guidance is intended to “combat employee misclassification,” the federal agency said in a statement. Soon after, Uber’s share price dropped by more than 10% to $24.61, while Lyft’s tanked more than …

Seattle reaches $3.3M settlement with Uber Eats over gig worker pay violations

The Seattle Office of Labor Standards announced Thursday it reached a settlement worth more than $3.3 million with Uber Eats for alleged violations of the Gig Worker Premium Pay Ordinance. The ordinance requires food delivery companies like Uber Eats to pay their workers additional compensation called “premium pay” for delivery orders with pick-up and drop-off …

Uber & Lyft Crater On Biden Proposal That Could Lead To Employee Status For Millions Of Gig Workers

Shares of Uber and Lyft tumbled on Tuesday, falling by double digits and adding to the market’s gloom, after the US Department of Labor announced a proposed rule change that would change the way that it determines if workers can be classified as employees or independent contractors.  The Department of Labor said in a statement that it believes …

In Major Win for Gig Workers, Uber Agrees to Pay New Jersey $100 Million for Mischaracterizing Drivers as Contractors

Uber may have built its hailing empire, in part, by notoriously skirting past local laws and regulations, but at least one state’s finally forcing the company to pay up. On Tuesday, Uber agreed to pay New Jersey $100 million in back taxes over claims the company misclassified thousands of drivers as independent contractors between 2014-2018. That mischaracterization, according …

Chicago’s DoorDash and Grubhub Drivers Take a Step Toward Unionizing

Food delivery drivers who work for companies including DoorDash and Grubhub gathered with Uber and Lyft workers over the weekend to announce plans to join a nationwide group calling for improved working conditions, better pay, and the option to unionize. The news comes amid a sustained push for labor rights in the hospitality industry, most …