A draft complaint notice attached to the settlement agreement said that these 1,000 people who complained would get a minimum of $600 (around R10,014) each from Uber. The pot divided among roughly 1,000 would mean each person could get up to approximately $1,700 (around R28,832).
The DOJ also said $500,000 (around R8.4 million) would be distributed among “other harmed individuals identified by the department.” It did not specify how many people it had identified.
It added that Uber agreed to credit the accounts of over 65,000 rider accounts for “double the amount of wait time fees they were ever charged.”
While the DOJ didn’t put a precise figure on how much money this would cost Uber, it could amount to “potentially hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars in compensation.”
“People with disabilities should not be made to feel like second-class citizens or punished because of their disability, which is exactly what Uber’s wait time fee policy did,” Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke said in the DOJ’s press statement.
Uber did not immediately reply when contacted by Insider.