Recent Case law – Amazon and Uber in the headlines
Amazon drivers seeking employment rights
Leigh Day, a law firm known for its personal injury practice, is representing two Amazon delivery drivers and looking for more to join a group action. The drivers are classed by Amazon as self-employed, so aren’t entitled to paid holiday or national minimum wage, but they are claiming employment rights on the basis they are given set shifts, timings for deliveries and are expected to book time off. It’s estimated that, if successful, Amazon could over 3,000 staff over £100m. Leigh Day has previously successfully supported similar claims against Uber and Addison Lee, so watch this space.
Uber in the firing line, again
This time, unions are supporting race discrimination claims from workers who are required by Uber to use facial recognition software to log into their app. If it doesn’t recognise them, they risk being dropped. It’s alleged that the software produces a higher number of inaccurate results for black and ethnic minority workers, who, as a result, are more at risk of losing their jobs. The Equality and Human Rights Commission is supportive of the case and its progress and result will be very interesting.
As many businesses focus on developing their tech (just looks at Tesco’s latest checkout free store) it’s important to consider what potential impact the latest cutting edge development might have on a range of people. If the software Uber is using does suffer the fault alleged, there were some serious failings in the development and testing stages. Place the emphasis on equality and diversity throughout your business to avoid similar pitfalls.