Uber said it had received more than 8500 arbitration claims because it had abandoned distribution fees for some black restaurants through Uber eats. Uber eats made the change in June after a protest against racial justice surrounding the killing of an unarmed black man, George Floyd. Uber eats said it wanted to make it easier for customers to support black businesses in the United States and Canada. To qualify, the restaurant must be a small or medium-sized enterprise and therefore is not a franchise. In contrast, other restaurants still have delivery fees. < / P > < p > in one of the claims reviewed by techcrunch, a customer claimed that Uber eats violated the civil rights act of Unruh Civil Rights Act, which “charges discriminatory distribution fees based on the race of (business owners)”. The claim seeks $12000 and a permanent injunction to prevent Uber from continuing to provide free delivery services to black owned restaurants. < / P > < p > “we are proud to be able to support black owned businesses through this initiative because we know that they are too affected by the health crisis,” Uber spokesman Meghan casserly said in a statement to techcrunch. “We’ve heard a loud and clear voice from consumers, which is what they want – and we will continue to make it a priority.” < / P > < p > the website that solicits customers says people who meet the criteria can get up to $4000 in compensation if they have paid for delivery in California since June 4, 2020. < / P > < p > given that Senator Ted Cruz said he expected Uber to face discrimination lawsuits from non black restaurants, the arbitration request was not super surprising. < / P > < p > it is worth noting that the client representative listed in the complaint is consovoy McCarthy, whose partners include William consovoy, a lawyer for president trump. < / P > < p > these complaints are reminiscent of a problem Microsoft is facing. Earlier this month, the U.S. Labor Department essentially accused Microsoft of “reverse racism” because it promised to hire more blacks in its white dominated companies. < / P > < p > at the same time, this is just one of the many legal battles Uber has faced recently. In the case of Uber’s workers’ business, a judge of the California Court of appeal recently upheld a preliminary injunction that forced Uber and LYFT to reclassify their workers as employees. However, this has not yet taken effect. This means that all eyes are focused on proposition 22, a California voting measure backed by Uber, LYFT, doordash and instacart to continue to classify casual workers as independent contractors. More Samsung devices can now run Android applications on PC through your phone