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Uber Driver Denied COVID-19 Compensation

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By: Matthew Zemba

An Uber driver has been denied compensation after testing positive for the coronavirus.

On Uber’s website, the company stated that they will be providing financial assistance to all Uber drivers who are diagnosed with COVID-19. According to CNBC, Phoenix Uber driver Attila Erzeybek tested positive for COVID-19 on March 23, and applied for financial assistance. Surprisingly, Uber denied his request.

The company claimed that Erzeybek was not eligible for financial aid, even though he sent in a letter from his doctor. Harry Campbell, founder of The Rideshare Guy blog and podcast, said he’s heard from several drivers with similar stories.

CNBC contacted Uber about the situation, and a spokesperson said the company handled Erzeybek’s situation incorrectly. She said Uber will be apologizing to Erzeybek, and the company will be adding measures to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

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