This is a blog post I made a little over two years ago, when I sat next to Ron Kind, a Democratic Congressman on his way home to Wisconsin from Washington, DC. Read it and tell me if I saw it coming. This is the second of two parts. Click here for the full article →
Yeah. Uber and its puke minion management think they are tough, but they aren’t that tough nor that brilliant when it comes to messing with employees who they conveniently characterize as independent contractors instead of employees. That’s the gist of the class action lawsuit a judge is letting some of the drivers join. They can roll Silicon Valley cabbies, but they are not going to mess with Shannon Liss-Riordan, who remains my favorite attorney ever. She’s representing Uber drivers in their quest for fair play, equal treatment, and money.
I’ve used UberX and I love it. In some parts of the country, like San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, they are absolutely key, the cab service here sucks, especially if you are depending on a pickup at a certain time, like 5:30am in the morning for a transfer to San Jose Mineta. The UberX guys, enterprising all by definition, hang out at a local Peet’s Coffee waiting for an early morning ride. Everything is automated. Everything is new infrastructure. No tips are solicited. Price and convenience have trumped Yellow Cabs faster than the market for Apple Newton accessories.
Disclaimer: I cannot judge if the contract in place between the woman I helped get in touch with Ms. Liss-Riordan and Jan-Pro, a janitorial service franchise company based in Florida (or one of their many agents) was fair, balanced and / or legal. I leave that to the courts to sort through the facts.
Crunching the numbers, putting together a simple spreadsheet showing hours worked vs. cash earned, I discovered what my client already knew, she was making very little, much less than minimum wage, on some of her janitorial jobs. While we couldn’t help her, I had to do something.
I found Ms. Liss-Riordan and her firm at the time via the internets and packaged the client up for her evaluation. While on a trip to Boston, I made some free time and presented and delivered my client’s dossier (spreadsheets, contracts, memoranda and records meticulously kept by the client) to her firm. I believe my client is one of the lead plaintiffs in the Jan-Pro case mentioned in the article.