LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Uber announced Monday a second round of layoffs for 3,000 employees, as the company reels amid a coronavirus pandemic which has sent its ridership numbers plunging, this on the same day that new mask requirements took effect for drivers and passengers.
Uber reported that it was letting go of 3,000 people, according to CBS News, in addition to the 3,700 people it laid off about a week ago from its customer service and recruiting departments.READ MORE: LA County Not Closing COVID Vaccine Super Sites Despite Drop In Demand
“We began 2020 on an accelerated path to total company profitability,” CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in an email to workers. “Then the coronavirus hit us with a once-in-a-generation public health and economic crisis. People are rightfully staying home and our rides business, our main profit generator, is down around 80%.”
The rideshare giant announced the new mandatory face-covering requirements last week.
Along with this new requirement, drivers must take a selfie prior to starting their shifts that verifies that they are in fact wearing a mask.READ MORE: Martin Luther King Jr. Had Strong Relationship With LA During Civil Rights Movement
Uber is also asking that passengers not sit in the front seat of the car in order to ensure as much physical distancing as possible.
Lyft implemented similar requirements for face coverings in early May.
In the city of Los Angeles, masks are now required to be worn by anyone going out in public.
Earlier this month, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra sued Uber and Lyft, alleging they were misclassifying their drivers as independent contractors and thus depriving them of workplace protections like minimum wage, overtime and access to paid sick leave, disability insurance and unemployment.MORE NEWS: Burbank Cancels Outdoor Face Covering Order
Last September, the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill 5, a law which requires companies who employ certain freelance workers, such as rideshare drivers, to be reclassified as employees.