Law firms join forces to file class action lawsuits against UBER in New York, Pennsylvania & Arizona

Napoli Law PLLC and Imbesi Law P.C. are serving as joint legal counsel in several class action lawsuits that were filed on behalf of Uber drivers. The law firms plan to file similar lawsuits in other states.
NEW YORK - Sept. 29, 2015 - PRLog -- Current and former Uber drivers in New York, Pennsylvania and Arizona have filed proposed class action lawsuits against Uber Technologies Inc. and Raiser, LLC (collectively “Uber”) that allege Uber withheld tips earned by the drivers and incorrectly classified them as independent contractors to avoid reimbursing drivers for costs associated with driving for Uber.

The complaints propose to represent all drivers that drove for Uber in three States. The plaintiffs claims that Uber failed to pay them tips intended for them and prohibited drivers from accepting tips initially offered by customers.

The complaints include instructions provided to Uber customers informing them that their fare “is automatically charged to [their] credit card on file – there’s no need to tip.” The plaintiffs claims Uber withheld the portion of the fare paid by customers that was intended to be their tip.

Attorney Marie Napoli, whose law firm filed the complaint on behalf of the drivers, said, “Uber did not designate any portion of the fare collected as a tip – cheating Uber drivers from the customary 20% gratuity they usually earn.”

The complaint also alleges that Uber incorrectly classified drivers as independent contractors instead of employees. The classification as independent contractors forced Uber drivers to use their own money to pay for their cars, gas, insurance and repairs. “Employers must reimburse work-related expenses paid by employees – by classifying drivers as independent contractors, Uber violated state law by failing to reimburse Uber drivers for their expenses,” Ms. Napoli added.

The law firms Napoli Law PLLC and Imbesi Law P.C. are jointly representing the plaintiffs. The firms intend to represent over 300,000 Uber drivers nationally, according to Vincent Imbesi, a partner of Imbesi Law P.C. “Some drivers may be excluded from class actions, but we will file as many individual arbitration claims necessary to recover money rightfully owed to individuals who drove for Uber,” Mr. Imbesi added.

“Our firms’ attorneys have the financial ability to file 300,000 arbitrations if necessary and our previous record evidences our ability to represent thousands of individuals at one time and recover hundreds of millions of dollars for victims arising out of a single event,” Mr. Imbesi commented.

The firms established a website to help Uber drivers nationwide if they are owed money.

Media requests about the lawsuit should be made to attorney Brittany Weiner.

Brittany Weiner, Esq.

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