Uber Eats faces discrimination allegations from Black-owned restaurants

Uber Eats is facing a severe backlash after ditching the demands of some Black-owned restaurants.

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Uber has claimed to have received over 8,500 demands due to it ditching the delivery fees of some black-owned restaurants through Uber Eats. This is again bitter news for Uber after it laid off 300 employees. 

Uber Eats made all these changes in June after the racial justice protests around the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man. Uber Eats stated that it has always wanted to make it easier to support Black-owned businesses. For this, the restaurant needs to be a small or medium-sized business. Moreover, the delivery fees are there for other restaurants.

Uber’s spokesperson Megan Casserly said in a statement, “We are quite happy to support the black-owned businesses through this initiative. We know that they have also been affected by the health crisis. We heard clearly from the consumers that they wanted this feature, so we will make it a priority.”

The website states that eligible people can make around $4000 in compensation. However, they need to pay a delivery fee in California since June 4, 2020.

These arbitration demands aren’t that surprising. Ted Cruz stated that he was expecting Uber to face discriminatory lawsuits from different restaurants without the black ownership.

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These complaints are just like the ones which Microsoft is facing, though they aren’t at that high level. Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Labor accused Microsoft of racism for hiring more black people at its white company.

This is just one of the several legal battles which Uber is facing. On the worker side of the company’s business, a California judge upheld a ruling which granted a preliminary injunction to force Lyft and Uber both to reclassify their workers as employees. However, this has yet to come into effect. This essentially means that all eyes are on Proposition 22, a ballot measure which is backed by Uber, DoorDash, Lyft, and Instacart. It keeps gig workers classified as independent contractors.

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