Chicago – Uber Technologies Inc., the ride-hailing giant that has been battling accusations that it is violating anti-trust laws, has agreed to pay $3,619,000 to settle antitrust and civil claims.
In addition, Uber agreed to make certain changes to its mobile app, including requiring all drivers to have a driving license, which it previously had only for the sole purpose of registering drivers, a spokeswoman said Thursday.
The company will also work with local governments to develop an enforcement program that includes the enforcement of the law, the spokeswoman said.
The settlement also calls for Uber to give drivers and riders information about its driver license program, including information on its requirements for obtaining a driver license.
Uber had previously said it would not disclose driver license information.
Uber is the world’s largest ride-sharing company with about 5.7 million drivers worldwide.
Its drivers have come under fire in recent years from consumers who say they are paid less than the industry average for their work and that the company treats drivers poorly.
The company says it pays drivers about $15 per hour, based on a standardized salary.
The city of Chicago, which has been the focus of Uber’s legal troubles, agreed in September to pay the company $5 million.
The agreement with Chicago follows a settlement with Massachusetts regulators that required Uber to pay nearly $8 million to settle charges that it illegally offered discounts and discounts at higher rates to its drivers than those of competitors.
The city also agreed to provide data on how many drivers it has.
Uber also agreed not to engage in discriminatory practices, including hiring people based on race or ethnicity and paying them lower wages than their peers.
Uber had faced a separate lawsuit filed in November by Massachusetts consumers, alleging that the firm is discriminatory against women and minorities.