Uber Set­tles with NY Ethics Com­mis­sion to Pay $98K

The Jewish Voice - - NEW YORK - By Re­becca Gold

On Thurs­day, June 8, it was an­nounced that app cab com­pany Uber agreed to pay $98,000 to set­tle with the state ethics com­mis­sion for un­der­re­port­ing ap­prox­i­mately $6.3 mil­lion in lob­by­ing spend­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the set­tle­ment, the hefty fine cov­ers the ac­tiv­i­ties of the com­pany dur­ing 2015 and 2016; when Uber won the bat­tle against Mayor d Bla­sio’s push to limit the com­pany’s New York City op­er­a­tions, and the fol­low­ing year dur­ing which it ex­panded be­yond city lim­its.

The Daily News re­ports, “The fine is the lat­est bad news for the pop­u­lar ride-shar­ing com­pany that re­cently ad­mit­ted it short­changed its New York City driv­ers tens of mil­lions of dol­lars and also fi ed 20 em­ploy­ees af­ter claims of sex­ual ha­rass­ment and other in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­ior. The fine was also an­nounced as Uber and fel­low ride-shar­ing com­pany Lyft are gear­ing up to for an ex­pan­sion to ar­eas out­side New York City af­ter re­ceiv­ing au­tho­riza­tion from the state Leg­is­la­ture ear­lier this year.”

A fi m that Uber em­ployed to han­dle its fili gs to the state, was re­spon­si­ble for the over­sight that ac­counts for the ma­jor­ity of the un­der­re­ported amounts, ac­cord­ing to the set­tle­ment. Th in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by Uber was mostly cor­rect, but was not in­cluded in the fili g. The re­main­der of the un­der­re­port­ing was due to er­rors com­mit­ted by Uber, the set­tle­ment adds.

Uber spokes­woman Alix An­fang said, "We up­dated our re­ports be­cause there were un­in­ten­tional omis­sions from our ini­tial dis­clo­sures. Uber NY has re­vised its pro­cesses and no longer uses the third party fili g fi m who pre­pared th­ese dis­clo­sure state­ments."

In a state­ment by the state Joint Com­mis­sion on Pub­lic Ethics an­nounc­ing the set­tle­ment, clients and lob­by­ists are re­minded “of the im­por­tance of es­tab­lish­ing and main­tain­ing strong in­ter­nal con­trols in or­der to en­sure com­pli­ance with the Lob­by­ing Act's re­port­ing re­quire­ments.”

Uber has had a rocky few years as its pop­u­lar­ity boomed in New York City.

The taxi app com­pany Uber has agreed to pay $98,000 for un­der­re­ported lob­by­ing spend­ing.

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