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Uber Faces Another Rape Charge; Loses Money; Offices Raided

Posted on August 12, 2015

Uber Driver Accused In Rape, Kidnapping Of Female Passenger: A sixth-grade school teacher moonlighting for Uber is charged in the sexual assault of an intoxicated female passenger. Afterward, he kicked her out of the vehicle. The woman ran for help and was struck by a car on the highway. Huffington Post article here

Related: Uber Admits Procedural Failure In Hiring Driver Accused Of Rape: Uber explains to the city how this driver slipped through the company’s net, in spite of supposedly beefed-up screening protocols. Consumerist article here

Hong Kong Police Raid Uber Offices, Arrest Drivers: The arrests come a few weeks after protests against Uber and other car-hailing apps began to intensify, with traditional taxi drivers claiming that their counterparts operate without a hire car permit. TechCrunch.com article here

Neighborhood Car Services In New York Try To Fend Off Uber: Popularized by the ride-hailing company Uber, apps are being adopted, if not entirely embraced, by more and more of the local car services that have long been as much a part of city neighborhoods as the local parish or the corner bodega. New York Times article here

Uber Financial Losses Worse When Compared To Other Big Start-Ups: Last week we learned a key difference between Uber and Facebook: One was very profitable at that stage, and the other is very much not. Los Angeles Times article here

Related: What Would Financial Impact Be If Uber Must Employ Drivers? Ever since the California Labor Commission ruled in June that former Uber driver Barbara Berwick should be considered an employee—not an independent contractor—there’s been speculation of what will happen if the $51 billion unicorn loses its ongoing appeal of the non-binding decision. Forbes article here

Uber Fights To Protect Its Business Jugular From Class Action Labor Lawsuit: Even as on-demand companies move into the mainstream, critics are calling for broader protections of workers, who as independent contractors do not receive benefits like Social Security, Medicare, and workers’ compensation and cannot unionize. A slew of complaints about the loss of such benefits has rocked the industry and could threaten the entire business model of the on-demand economy. Wired.com article here

Florida County Goes Softer On Uber To Get Them Back: Broward County commissioners voted 6-2 on Tuesday to have an Uber-friendly law drafted for a September vote. Sun-Sentinel article here

Drunk Driving Death Decline Works In TNCs' Favor: Now comes a study from researchers at Philadelphia’s Temple University that suggests the entry of Uber’s low-cost ride service, Uber X, into 14 California counties led to a 3.6% to 5.6% decline in drunken driving deaths. KQED News article here

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