Business manager Ben Dann says he has been fired by Uber after the ride-hailing company fired him for using the app to work.
In a statement sent to The Associated Press, Uber said Dann’s application was approved after a review.
Uber did not give a reason for Dann being let go.
Dann said he is appealing the decision.
He said he had worked for Uber for eight years, but said he was let go for failing to follow company policies on security and privacy.
Dannon’s lawyer, Thomas L. Kelly, said in an email that Uber’s actions were not a violation of the company’s code of conduct.
“This was a mistake, and Ben’s resignation has been accepted,” Kelly wrote.
“Uber does not tolerate discrimination of any kind and Ben regrets any impact that this has had on his family and coworkers.”
Uber said it was “deeply sorry” for Dannon being fired.
“We respect our employees’ decision to use Uber and we encourage everyone to do the same,” the company said in a statement.
Uber is under scrutiny over privacy issues in the U.S. After a California judge issued a ruling that the ride sharing app violated California’s privacy laws by storing personal information about riders, Uber began an aggressive push to expand its use of ride-sharing apps in the state.
Uber has now expanded to New York and Philadelphia.
Uber’s expansion has come as California lawmakers are considering legislation that would prohibit cities from regulating ride-share services.
Uber said Tuesday that its expansion was spurred by the state’s proposed bill.
California regulators said the company was allowed to expand because it had been allowed to operate in California.
“There was no indication that Uber or Uber’s competitors were seeking to regulate Uber or its drivers,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in court filings Tuesday.
The legislation is a direct response to a lawsuit filed by Uber in December against the California State Assembly.
The state is suing Uber for allegedly violating the state privacy laws, which the company says it doesn’t do.
“California has the most progressive privacy laws in the country and this bill is intended to make sure the public has a voice in how ride sharing is regulated in California,” said Becerras spokesman Andrew Schoettgen.
Uber says it’s expanding to New England and Washington, D.C. In March, Uber was banned in Washington after it was discovered it had secretly collected sensitive data on thousands of drivers.
Uber had been working on a settlement with Washington State Patrol to resolve that case, but the company has refused to release the details of the settlement, citing attorney-client privilege.
The settlement also allowed Uber to move forward with its expansion plans in other states.
Uber in Washington is now testing a fleet of autonomous vehicles that can operate in a city’s streets without any human drivers.
It plans to test the vehicles in Boston in the first quarter of 2021.
Uber was sued in California in October 2016 over the company sharing data on drivers with other ride-service companies.
Uber eventually settled with the state over the data breach, agreeing to pay $100 million.
Uber won’t say how many drivers it has now in California but said the number was more than 40,000 in its largest market, San Francisco.
DANN SAYS HE’S STILL WORKING FOR THE COMPANY AT THE BEGINNING OF NEXT MONTHS.
He’s a full-time manager, so he’s working the phones, he said.
He has a good working relationship with the owners and has been very supportive of them, he added.
DENNIS SAYS THE COMPANIES CONFIRMED HE WAS HIRED.
DANAN SAYS IT’S VERY HARD TO GET PEOPLE BACK TO WORK.
HE’LL BE WORKING AGAINST THE COMPOSITION.
IT IS VERY HIGHLY DIFFICULT TO GET ANYONE BACK TO DO THIS.
IT’LL TAKE A LONG TIME TO FIX IT, AS YOU’RE REALLY LOOKING FOR IT TO GO BACK TO BEING A GOOD COMPANY, HE CONTINUES.
DANCING WITH THE MACHINES, THE CITIZENS TAKE OFF THEIR CHEST.
DANSELA SAYS THAT IT IS A BIG THING FOR HIS FAMILY TO BE BACK IN THE WORKS.
DANIEL’S FAMILY WILL GO TO THE NEW YORK CITY AREA NEXT MON THURS TO GET THEIR FIRST NEW YORKCUT.
The family will also travel to Washington, DC, to visit the new headquarters for Uber and work there.
In addition, Dann has a friend who is currently on a short leave of absence.
Danni said his wife has a temporary job that allows her to take a vacation.
He and his wife will stay at the house until they have a permanent job.
Dennas family will be at the new offices for a week in the coming weeks to get acclimated.