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Uber Gives U.K. Drivers Option to Buy Disability Benefits

  • Marks the first disability benefit to be offered by startup
  • Uber has faced criticism about its treatment of drivers

Uber Technologies Inc. will begin offering U.K. drivers the ability to buy injury and illness insurance, a step to provide a safety net for the independent drivers it has long been criticized for treating poorly.

The benefit is a first for Uber, which has faced lawsuits from drivers and government scrutiny around the world for not doing more to aid the thousands of drivers it classifies as freelance contractors rather than employees. The classification allows the company to avoid various tax and benefits costs that an employer incurs.