Former Uber driver in Milwaukee sues company

A former Uber driver in the Milwaukee area has sued the ride-hailing company in federal court, seeking overtime pay, tips and other expenses on behalf of all current and former Wisconsin drivers.

Lamont Lathan is asking the court to “properly classify” Uber drivers as employees, not as the independent contractors Uber says they are in the class action lawsuit, which could have broad impact in the state and beyond.

The suit claims seven causes of action against Uber:

• breach of contract.

• conversion.

• Fraud.

• Misrepresentation.

• Tortious interference with prospective business relations.

• Unfair competition.

• Unjust enrichment.

• Violations of Wisconsin minimum wage and labor law.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports at least two dozen other lawsuits around the nation have made the same argument.

Lathan’s attorney, Brian Mahany, estimates there could be 10,000 drivers affected. He said many Uber drivers in the state make less than minimum wage.

The Journal Sentinel said the plaintiff drove for Uber starting in January, about 15 hours a week. He made $30 to $60 a week, but weekly expenses were about $60.

Uber didn’t return the newspaper’s request for comment.

Uber is an U.S. multinational online transportation network company headquartered in San Francisco that develops, markets and operates the Uber mobile app, which allows consumers with smartphones to submit a trip request which is then routed to Uber drivers who use their own cars.