Dear New York State Attorney General Leticia James:
From 2012 until 2017, Uber and Lyft were taking the cost of the New York State sales tax and Black Car Fund surcharge out of the income of drivers, instead of passing it on to the passenger like they were supposed to. The companies even took a commission off the tax and surcharge for themselves. After the New York Taxi Workers Alliance lawsuit, Uber paid us back for the commission. But the other money remains. Thousands of us could not sue in court to recover our stolen income because the companies have “Arbitration” clauses in their contract that locked us out of court. We didn’t know that we could “opt out” of arbitration. We need you, as our Attorney General, to fight for us so that we may have our stolen income returned to us. Our job is not easy. And no worker should have their income stolen. As the highest legal officer in our state, we ask you to act on our behalf.