https://gizmodo.com/in-letter-uber-said-drivers-didnt-make-advertised-earn-1820928444 In Letter, Uber Said Drivers Didn't Make Advertised Earnings Due to Their 'Choices' In January, Uber settled claims by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that it misled drivers about how much money they could make on the platform. But in a letter obtained by Gizmodo under the Freedom of Information Act, Uber argued that drivers were fundamentally at fault for earning less than the advertised rates because they were choosing not to drive enough. The FTC accused Uber of making “false, misleading, or unsubstantiated claims regarding driver earnings” on its website and in ads on Craigslist, in an investigation that began in spring 2015. The company had claimed, for example, that drivers in New York earned a median $90,000 annually and that drivers in San Francisco earned a median $74,000 per year. The FTC investigation found that less than ten percent of drivers in those cities earned the advertised rates, according to the agency’s complaint. In fact, New York drivers’ earnings were closer to $61,000 and San Francisco drivers’ earnings were closer to $53,000, the FTC found. The FTC also alleged that Uber was misleading about the financing options it could offer drivers. Uber ended up paying $20 million to the FTC to settle the matter, and the FTC said it would refund some of that money to drivers. In the defensive letter sent November 7th, 2016, about two months before the settlement was announced, the company’s lawyers disputed the FTC’s allegations by claiming that it was absolutely possible for drivers to make the advertised sums and that drivers who made less did so by choice. Uber requested that the letter be kept confidential, and it offers an inside look at the company’s perspectives. According to labor activists, the letter reveals Uber’s dismal view of its drivers.