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What's the legality of the planned Uber strike?

Posted: 10:36 PM, Sep 30, 2015
Updated: 2015-10-01 03:36:24Z
What's the legality of the planned Uber strike?
What's the legality of the planned Uber strike?

A former Uber driver is unhappy with the way the company does business, so he’s organized a nationwide strike.

Abe Husein is asking his supporters to strike the weekend of October 16th. For two and half days, he wants drivers to create fake rider accounts and request rides from drivers who choose not to participate.

He said it will send those drivers on “a wild goose chase.”

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In an interview with 41 Action News on Tuesday, Husein admitted the approach is questionable.

"It may come across as unethical but what Uber is doing wasn't right either,” Husein said.

Kansas City lawyer Fred Slough said Husein’s tactic may be breaking the law.

"It could have criminal potential,” said Slough. "It is definitely a civil wrong, intentional interference with other people's business is a civil wrong."

Husein has gained the support and attention of more than 20,000 people from all across the country. However, not every Uber driver in KC is on board.

“There's a few that spoil it for the many,” said driver Robert Chase.

Chase does not support Husein or the strike.

"I'd say get a life. Don't bother us, ok?” Chase commented of the strike.

Legally, Slough said creating fake accounts as part of the strike, is not the best idea.

“Part of what he is doing is the right way. He's calling other workers to strike during a certain period of time,” Slough said. “But to supplement that with this fraudulent scheme, I don't think you can do that."

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Lexi Sutter can be reached at alexandra.sutter@kshb.com .

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