Gig drivers win back pay, new benefits under N.Y. settlement with Uber, Lyft

Under the agreement with the attorney general, the money will go to an estimated 100,000 eligible drivers.
New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) (AP Photo/Brittainy Newman, File)

Ride-share drivers in New York will receive $328 million in back pay from Uber and Lyft along with a suite of new workplace benefits under a pair of sweeping settlements that could serve as a model for other states.

New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) announced the settlements Thursday following multi-year investigations into the ride-sharing companies’ prior practice of deducting sales tax and contributions to a driver injury fund from driver pay, rather than passing along those costs to passengers.

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