Uber in London, McDonald’s Lawsuit

Grind for November 30th
“Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.”
– Sam Levenson

End Of The Line

The Headline

Uber kicked out of London

The Grind

London’s transportation system (TfL) has decided not to renew Uber’s license to operate in the city.

The controversial decision was based on a number of safety failures, including a system glitch that allowed unauthorized drivers to upload images and utilize existing accounts.

The mistake was responsible for an estimated 14,000 fraudulent trips in 2018 and 2019.

Another glitch allowed suspended drivers to create new accounts and continue work. In one case, a driver that had been fired for distributing child pornography was allowed to continue driving passengers.

“While we recognize Uber has made improvements, it is unacceptable that Uber has allowed passengers to get into minicabs with drivers who are potentially unlicensed and uninsured,” says TfL executive Helen Chapman.

The Details

Uber lost its license in London in 2017, but was granted two extensions. The most recent extension ended Monday, November 25th.

Uber is expected to appeal the city’s decision and will be allowed to continue operating in London until a final decision is reached in court. If Uber loses the case, its 45,000 drivers in London are expected to apply for jobs with rival companies like Kapten and Bolt.

David and Goliath

The Headline

Cooks and cashiers win lawsuit against McDonald’s

The Grind

McDonald’s this week agreed to pay $26 million to settle a years-long lawsuit with California employees who accused the company of wage theft.

In the lawsuit, employees said McDonald’s intentionally organized shifts to prevent workers from earning overtime pay and denied workers breaks. Employees also complained about having to wash and iron their uniforms without compensation.

The Details

McDonald’s settled the lawsuit without admitting wrongdoing.

“While we continue to believe our employment practices comply with the California Labor Code, we have decided to resolve this lawsuit filed back in early 2013,” said the company, adding that it is “deeply committed to the fair treatment of all of our employees” and promising to implement “additional trainings and resources across corporate-owned restaurants to promote continued compliance with all wage and hour laws.”

McDonald’s is also facing a lawsuit in Chicago regarding a “nationwide pattern” of exposing employees to harassment and a lawsuit in Michigan regarding the company’s failure to address “systemic sexual harassment” of female employees.

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