Uber Technologies faces a proposed class and collective action in Arkansas over its alleged failure to pay drivers proper time-and-a-half overtime wages, much less tell the workers the truth about how much they stand to be paid.
As the 19-page lawsuit tells it, Uber drivers are forced by the company to work long hours, which poses myriad safety issues for customers. The legal requirement to pay overtime wage, the case says, disincentivizes companies from overworking their workforce.
Uber drivers, who the suit states are paid at a blended rate that’s based on trip duration and distance, regularly work in excess of 40 hours per week without being paid for every hour they spend driving, the plaintiff alleges. Uber has allegedly refused to pay drivers for every hour worked despite possessing awareness of the weekly hours proposed class members spend behind the wheel.
All told, Uber drivers have not received wages at the pay rate promised by the company, the lawsuit says, nor at the rate of pay base on ride fares set by Uber.