SAN FRANCISCO — Christian lawyers say Uber drivers who violate their civil rights are being fired and threatened.
Lawyers for the drivers, including Uber’s parent company, said in a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in San Francisco that they have filed a class action lawsuit alleging that the ride-hailing company is violating their rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
In a statement, Uber said it is “not aware of this claim,” and declined to comment.
The lawyers’ lawsuit says the drivers have been denied a full-time job and that they face harassment, retaliation and intimidation because they are employees of Uber and have chosen to work for the company.
Uber drivers are typically required to be on a full time contract, and some have not done so since they started driving in October.
The drivers’ union, the United Automobile Workers Local 719, says it will file a lawsuit challenging the union’s right to negotiate on behalf of its members.
The drivers, who have not been identified in the lawsuit, said they were fired after the union rejected their offer to provide a fulltime job to them.
They said they had been on a contract since July of this year and that the drivers had been paid for all their work.
Uber said it will fight the lawsuit.
The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.