Editor's Picks The Uber-fication of Workers' Compensation
Driving strangers around in your car, professionally, is as dangerous as logging or mining, involving collisions, assault, and traumatic sexual harassment, among other hazards. Those working in taxis and limos can often claim state workers' compensation benefits for their injuries, but Uber drivers have been left in the cold because they're contractors. An Uber pilot program to address this issue has drivers footing the bill — for low-quality insurance riddled with problems. That's according to an internal document obtained by Avi Asher-Schapiro, who, in the course of an investigation published by The Intercept this past week, talked to a former state workers' comp official who went up against Uber. Her verdict? "Those guys are bullies."