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Lawsuits Against The Different Ridesharing Companies

Taxi cabs have been used to lording it over commuters for a long time, and hence, commuters have been used to riding those taxi cabs whenever they want move from one place to another. The problem, however, when you are quite dominant in a particular aspect of life is that you become self-satisfied with your service; and hence, passengers, through no fault of their own, had become callous enough to the rudeness and lack of manners of some cab drivers. Likewise, cab operators and cartels had also become self-satisfied with the kind of service that they offer their passengers, seeing that they had not much competition in the field. Yet, the field has been rattled by the introduction of ridesharing, and taxi operators and cartels immediately became panicky and fidgety, upon seeing that their dominion over commuters had been greatly challenged by the emergence of the different ridesharing companies. For this reason, they began to take a closer look into these ridesharing companies to see what they can do to stave off the onslaught on their source of income brought about by these ridesharing companies.

Ridesharing rules become their first object of scrutiny. They begin to question whether the operations of these ridesharing companies violate the existing rules on franchise. Hence, they began to file lawsuits against ridesharing companies complaining and repining that their sources of livelihood are greatly antagonized by these ridesharing companies. They are vigorously opposing ridesharing anywhere these ridesharing companies would pop up. From California to Florida, lawsuits after lawsuit had been filed questioning the legitimacy of the operations of ridesharing companies. First, they question if there are laws that apply restrictions to these ridesharing schemes, hoping that the courts would favor their arguments. In some states, these taxi cab operators won. However, in other states such as Florida, for example, they were just told that they better shape up and improve their service in order to be competitive against these ridesharing companies, instead of repining and complaining about these ridesharing schemes.

Yet, the ridesharing companies not only have problems with taxi cab operators and cartels. Even drivers of ridesharing companies are filing lawsuits against their mother ridesharing companies questioning their status as employees. In their lawsuits against their ridesharing companies, they ask whether they are employees of these ridesharing companies instead of just plain subcontractors of these companies. The ridesharing companies, in order to deflect the responsibilities of a legal employer, maintain that their drivers are not employees who are entitled to the benefits of a regular employee. Rather they say that their drivers are contractors and not employees. The ridesharing scheme with regards to drivers somewhat copies that of eBay, wherein eBay maintains that it is only a platform wherein buyers and sellers can enter into a contract with each other. Similarly, ridesharing companies maintain that it is only a platform wherein drivers and commuters can enter into a contract with each other, absolving themselves of the responsibilities of a legitimate employer. Too bad anywhere these ridesharing companies appear, there are surely lawsuits that would be filed against them, not only from the taxi cab cartels, but also from their drivers who would still question their working status as drivers.

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