San Francisco: An Uber driver accused of killing six people in Michigan last month when he went on a shooting rampage has sued the ride-hailing service for $10 million.
A handwritten civil rights lawsuit was filed on Wednesday by Jason Dalton against the San Francisco-based ride-hailing startup. In his alwsuit, Dalton has blamed Uber for ruining his life. In his two-page complaint, Dalton stressed that Uber should be blamed for his incarceration and his wife divorcing him.
"They ripped me off, never paid me back wages or overtime. I busted my butt for them," Dalton wrote in his complaint, filed in US District Court in Detroit. "They gave me no Christmas bonus, I wasn't invited to any corporate parties, they made me work when I was sick and they didn't let me spend time with my children. Uber treats their drivers like crap."
The 45-year-old Dalton was arrested after a series of deadly shootings in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on February 20. it is alleged that Dalton carried out the shooting spree during a five-hour period. He kept on providing rides for Uber customers even when he was killing people.
Dalton claimed in the lawsuit that he was responsible for buying his own gas and that Uber said that they will not repair his car after he hit potholes. He added that the company would often call him late at night to work and threaten him with termination if he refused to drive.
"This company is a hostile workplace environment," Dalton wrote. "I'm tired of being treated [as] a 2nd class citizen by Uber. Uber discriminates against my mental health."
meanwhile, Uber said rejected Dalton's allegations saying he alone was responsible for his actions. "It's hard to know how to respond to someone who refuses to take responsibility for his own actions," the company said in a statement. "Our hearts go out to victims' families who have to live with the consequences of his terrible crimes."