Sociological Imagination: Western’s Undergraduate Sociology Student Journal

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Getting Taken for a Ride by Uber Technologies Incorporated


This paper explores Uber Technologies Incorporated and its business practices. Through the use of surge pricing, Uber takes advantage of uninformed customers. Uber’s inadequate screening methods have put customers at risk of physical violence. By misclassifying their drivers as independent contractors instead of employees, Uber rids employees of rights such as minimum wage and benefits and forces drivers to pay taxes and fees, all while putting the drivers’ lives at risk by offering inadequate insurance. Furthermore, through misrepresentation of the company and their services, Uber has violated many standards and regulations applicable to the commercial transportation industry. Overall, with the support of multiple scholarly articles, this paper contends that by taking advantage of vulnerable customers, ridding drivers of basic employee rights and violating numerous industry laws and standards Uber Technologies Incorporated and its business practices epitomize white collar crime.

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