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>> Uber roiled by sexual harassment claims, employee firings, and with its CEO on temporary hiatus. Making what it calls meaningful changes to the company, Tuesday. Most notably, allowing its drivers to collect tips. The new policy, a major U-turn for Uber. Which has staunchly opposed tipping, despite driver's complaints about decreasing wages.
Uber drivers are independent contractors, and as such, lack paid sick leave and vacations. They also must pay for car maintenance, and other costs. The tipping feature starting Tuesday in Houston, Minneapolis, and Seattle, and available to all US drivers by the end of July. Rival Lyft has granted gratuities since its inception.
Uber drivers will also be paid for customer waiting time, another move meant to improve their working conditions. More changes afoot over the next six months, says Uber. No word on whether CEO Travis Kalanick will be back by then. The founder taking a unspecified leave of absence amid the company's turmoil, and following the sudden death of his mother last month.