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10 Nov 2021


Brazil: Public Labour Prosecution Office files complaints against Uber, Rappi, 99 and Lalamove to force them to recognise all drivers as formal employees

Agência Alagoas

"MPT defends the employment of drivers with 99, Uber and Rappi – Legislation – Tecnoblog", 10 November 2021

...The employment relationship with drivers and self-employed delivery people must be recognized by 99, Uber, Rappi and Lalamove. This is the understanding of the Public Ministry of Labor (MPT), which filed a lawsuit against each of the companies for fraud in labor relations. The agency also demands improvements in the health and safety conditions at work for those who are already on the streets in the name of these applications.

By filing lawsuits against 99, Uber, Rappi and Lalamove, the MPT hopes that applications will not only recognize the employment relationship, but also guarantee the self-employed workers, labor, insurance and social security rights. In addition, the agency wants to improve the health conditions of drivers and deliverymen registered on these platforms — and thus reduce the precariousness of labor relations...

In addition...[,]...the MPT demands the condemnation of companies so that all of them register their self-employed workers in a work permit. If this happens, those who do not comply are subject to a fine of R$ 10 thousand per worker in an irregular situation. Applications must also refrain from hiring or retaining any worker registered as MEI.

Finally, the MPF requires that applications pay compensation for collective moral damages to the self-employed, for social dumping and for damage to the treasury. The fine will be less than 1% of the condemned company’s gross sales...