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Lyft drivers getting cheated by company, N.J. woman says in class-action suit

A Long Branch woman filed a class-action lawsuit on Tuesday in federal court against the ride-sharing service Lyft, alleging drivers are underpaid.

Lyft drivers earn a commission based on the fare the company charges passengers. According to the lawsuit, that amount is either 75- or 80-percent depending on when the driver began driving for Lyft.

The lawsuit, filed by driver Keara Nieves of Long Branch, says Lyft calculates its fare based on an estimation of the time and distance it will take to complete the ride. However, Lyft pays its drivers based on a separate fare calculation on the actual miles and minutes the trip takes, the lawsuit claims.

"Because Lyft does not calculate the Lyft Drivers payment based on the actual fare charged to the Riders as is required by the terms of the LTS (Lyft Terms of Service agreement), Lyft is paying Lyft Drivers less than what they are contractually entitled to receive," the lawsuit states.

Nieves is seeking class certification and an award of money damages.

"Lyft unjustly enriched itself by failing to pay its drivers what they were and are contractually entitled to receive," Nieves' attorney, Stephen Mashel, said in a statement.

A spokesman for Lyft said the company does not comment on pending litigation.

In March, a U.S. judge approved a $27 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit against Lyft. That lawsuit was filed by drivers in California who said they were entitled to reimbursement for expenses, including gasoline and vehicle maintenance.
 

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So it sounds like this is basically about upfront pricing. If so didn't Lyft just have drivers sign a new contract when they introduced upfront pricing (IIRC Uber did), is that the issue here?
 

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Upfront pricing is a scam. It's the same thing as a "net listing" in real estate agency transactions which are illegal in NJ as they're considered a breach of an agents fiduciary duty to their principal. Even in places where they're not illegal it is an unethical business practice and should be outlawed.

I hope she wins and cleans their clock.
 

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Why does Lyft need to copy everything Uber does? Why not be the leader instead of the follower? Ha e they not notice how much Uber ideas don't work? :D
Lyft is run by very inept management. If Lyft were to have a very strategic management team in place, they could have eaten Uber alive, meaning to say they would have easily gotten a big lead over Uber in terms of market share, given all the bad press the latter has been suffering from.
 

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So it sounds like this is basically about upfront pricing. If so didn't Lyft just have drivers sign a new contract when they introduced upfront pricing (IIRC Uber did), is that the issue here?
Uber had a sign it, but not right from the start. There is an argument that money is due and owed us, should someone wish to start a class action. The problem is, I don't think it would end up adding up to enough money for each of us to justify, let alone pay an attorney his or her cut.
 

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The lead plaintiff who brings the suit makes more than the people who subsequently follow . There are plenty of shark attorneys who salivate over a deep pocketed defendant.. A third of twenty mill is 6.6 MM
 

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lawsuit probably won't amount to anything. drivers had to click on "accept new terms" or could no longer drive.

eh. who knows.
 
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