Uber has been ordered to pay $20 million to settle allegations that it duped people to become drivers by misleading them about how much they could earn. The settlement, announced Thursday, shows most Uber drivers were making far less than it told drivers online, and drivers ended up paying far more to lease cars than Uber claimed.
"Many consumers sign up to drive for Uber, but they shouldn't be taken for a ride about their earnings potential or the cost of financing a car through Uber," said Jessica Rich, director of FTC's the Bureau of Consumer Protection.
In one statement on Uber's site from May 2015 through August 2015, CEO Travis Kalanick boasted that the mid-range income of New York City drivers was more than $90,000. But the FTC found the actual income was just $61,000.
Uber said it was pleased to put the dispute behind it, saying it has "made many improvements to the driver experience" over the past year.
Court documents didn't make clear how much drivers could expect to make on the payout.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.