DC suing Amazon over driver ideas 

Washington, D.C.’s lawyer normal is suing Amazon, alleging the corporate stole ideas from supply drivers and deceived customers about who their cash would profit. 

“This swimsuit is about offering employees the information they’re owed and telling customers the reality. Amazon, one of many world’s wealthiest corporations, actually doesn’t must take ideas that belong to employees,” D.C. Lawyer Common Karl Racine mentioned in a launch Thursday. 

The lawsuit accuses the transport large of mendacity to customers in regards to the tipping course of for Amazon Flex supply drivers in what the lawyer normal’s workplace referred to as a “misleading, unlawful scheme” to spice up the corporate’s income.  

Customers had been allegedly prompted to tip their Amazon Flex supply particular person underneath the promise that the total tip would profit the motive force, however the tipping cash was as a substitute used to repay what the corporate had already promised to the worker — not tacked on as a tipped bonus. 

“Employees within the District of Columbia and all through our nation are too typically taken benefit of and never paid their hard-earned wages. What’s extra, customers must know the place their ideas are going… Amazon can and will do higher,” Racine mentioned.  

The lawyer normal’s workplace additionally accuses the corporate of a “widespread marketing campaign” to “conceal the reality about their tip coverage from each customers and employees,” even implementing a change that hid tip quantities from Amazon Flex drivers within the app.  

Amazon Flex reportedly serves tens of hundreds of D.C. customers and has been in operation since 2015. 

“Within the years Amazon had this coverage in place, customers in D.C. paid thousands and thousands of {dollars} in tricks to reward their supply drivers for offering a beneficial service. In the meantime, Amazon used a lot of these tricks to save by itself working prices, thereby deceiving each District customers and Amazon Flex drivers,” Racine’s workplace mentioned within the Thursday launch. 

 The Hill has reached out to Amazon for remark.