Two days after a San Francisco federal judge expanded a lawsuit by California drivers against Uber, the company sent out a new arbitration agreement that an attorney alleges is an attempt to "potentially trick" drivers into opting out of the class action.
Shannon Liss-Riordan, who filed the suit on behalf of drivers seeking to be classified as employees rather than independent contractors, wrote that she received between 100-200 inquiries from Uber drivers "who have expressed confusion and dismay about the new agreement."
She filed a motion Friday asking U.S. District Judge Edward Chen to invalidate it.
"Uber has attempted to usurp this Court's role of overseeing the process of issuing class notice and allowing drivers to have a full and fair opportunity, supervised by the Court, to learn about the case and choose whether or not to participate or opt out," the motion read.
Last Wednesday, Chen agreed to expand the suit to include drivers who signed recent arbitration clauses, which Liss-Riordan said would include "many more thousands" of drivers in the suit.