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Lyft doubles settlement to $27 million with its chronically underpaid drivers.

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Lyft continues to suffer costly legal repercussions from poor decision making. Reuters reported a new $27 million class action agreement with the company’s California-based drivers. This is Lyft’s latest effort to settle with drivers disgruntled with a misclassification of their employment status, an issue that forced drivers to incur increased operating costs such as gas fares and vehicle maintenance. In other words, it was a not-so-clever way to reduce their staffing costs. From Reuters:

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria had said the previous Lyft deal “short-changed” drivers because it represented only 9 percent of the potential value of drivers’ reimbursement claims.

In the new deal, attorneys for drivers calculated that Lyft drivers could have recovered $156 million had they been classified as employees, based on a mileage reimbursement rate set by the U.S. government and data provided by Lyft.

The $27 million settlement represents about 17 percent of that amount, which Chhabria cited as a target in rejecting the previous deal.

Shannon Liss-Riordan and Matthew D. Carlson, the attorneys representing Lyft drivers, praised the settlement stating: “We are proud to have reached this new agreement, which will provide significant payments to Lyft drivers who have put a lot of their time into this company.”

“Although the agreement does not resolve for the future the question of whether Lyft drivers should properly be classified as employees or independent contractors, we believe this agreement provides a fair resolution of this case, will get money into the pockets of drivers now,” Liss-Riordan continued in their statement on the revised settlement.

Uber’s faced some similar legal complications with their employees. Their comparable suit with California and Massachusetts drivers, worth up to $100 million, will be decided on in June.

In both cases, the drivers will remain independent contractors, leaving some ambiguity with future wages. It’s a start?

New Pod Flow: Sounds Good With Branden Harvey “Jason Russell”

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New Pod Flow: In Case You Missed It, Episode 040

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New Pod Flow: Scribble & Jam, “Artist Matthew Perryman Jones”

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Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.

If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.

To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.

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New Pod Flow: Sounds Good With Branden Harvey “Next Steps After the Presidential Election”

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New Pod Flow: In Case You Missed It, Episode 039

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Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.

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New Pod Flow: Animalators, “Illo

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New Pod Flow: In Case You Missed It, Episode 038

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This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.

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New Pod Flow: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Podcast: Doctor Strange

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We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.

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