Uber called its recent union deal ‘historic.’ A new complaint alleges it was actually against the law.
Just weeks after Uber announced it was working on a merger with a major competitor, a New York City man filed a complaint Thursday against Uber after the ride-sharing company accused him of violating a ban on “false or misleading job application information.”
In a complaint filed in New York Supreme Court, attorney James Murphy Jr. said the new deal between Uber and competitor Lyft that was announced on May 1 has “involuntarily caused me emotional distress and has significantly hindered my professional and personal life,” according to BuzzFeed News.
“The only reason that I am here today is because I was unable to get a loan from Lyft as a result of the merger, and thus unable to pay my rent, and unable to continue with the personal and professional projects I have undertaken. I was not able to complete a project for a client, and in the process was forced to file a false and misleading application at Lyft to remain licensed and to keep my home,” Murphy wrote in the complaint.
“For that reason alone, I have to sue Lyft, Uber and Uber for the injuries I have endured. I have not had any medical treatment of any kind since my breakup with Lyft. I have not been able to practice law and I have been unable to work as a professional actor for five months,” he wrote.
Murphy alleged the merger agreement was illegal.
“Not only is the merger illegal under New York statute, but it also is against the public policy of New York State. New York State has a strong public policy against mergers and alliances that involve the division or acquisition of assets of another company by a corporation that is already formed,” the complaint said.
Murphy also argued in his complaint that Uber violated New York law by claiming he violated a company “anti-union” clause in its May 1 merger