Last week, Uber announced it had underpaid NYC drivers by millions of dollars because they calculated commissions on fares before removing the sales tax. If a ride was $10, and included $1 in sales tax, they should have calculated their commission on $9. Instead, they were calculating their commission on all $10. Uber claimed they had only recently discovered the error. However, new evidence suggests Uber may have known about the issue as early as 2015.
According to the New York Times:
Now evidence has emerged suggesting that Uber and New York State regulators were aware of the improper deductions from drivers’ earnings as early as 2015.
A plaintiffs lawyer the times spoke to had the following to say:
Richard Emery, a plaintiffs’ lawyer who litigated a 2009 case with similar issues, said the change in the contract was “very powerful circumstantial evidence that they understood that their calculation of the commission was wrong.”
If you’re a NYC Uber driver, you might want to contact an attorney.
Source: The New York Times