November 27, 2015
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
A Seattle Lyft driver who attended an organizing meeting at Teamsters Local 117 Nov. 16 was “deactivated” from the online ride-for-hire service less than 24 hours later.
The company told her that her rating had been decreased and that it had gotten “multiple reports” from customers about her. “I’m not stupid,” the driver, who asked to remain anonymous, told the Seattle Stranger. “I was at the Teamsters office. That's the only reason that they deactivated me.
She said Lyft had awarded her “platinum” status the week before, and that the complaints about her had come from one passenger she’d rejected for being rude and another who’d made racially tinged comments about her hair. The Seattle City Council is currently considering a bill that would let app-service drivers form unions; Lyft and Uber, which classify their drivers as independent contractors, both oppose it. Read more