Italian court rules against ‘discriminatory’ Deliveroo rider-ranking algorithm – TechCrunch

An Italian court has slammed the unlogger algorithm management after a legal challenge brought by three unions. The Bologna court ruled that a reputable-ranking algorithm used by on-demand food delivery platforms Deliveroo The vastness of the distribution workers was discriminated against in violation of local labor laws.

Ruling, previously reported Italian Press, Deliveroo’s ranking algorithm discriminates with delivery couriers because it did not differentiate between legally protected reasons for stopping labor – namely not working because a rider was ill; Or exercising their protected right to strike – and not being as productive as they were for more trivial reasons as they indicated they would be.

In Statement, The Italian General Confederation of Labor (CGIL) called the Bologna court “a turning point in the victory of trade union rights and freedoms in the digital world”.

Deliveroo has been contacted for comment on the ruling.

The court ordered Delivero to pay € 50,000 per affected and publish the ruling on its website – who received a statement from the General Manager of Deltevo Italy, Matteo Serjana, who It reported that the company notes the judge’s decision, but does not agree with it, as well as confirms that the shift-reservation system associated with algorithmic rankings is no longer in use in the market.

“The impartiality of our old system is confirmed by the fact that not a single case of objective and actual discrimination came to light during the trial. Sarjana said in the statement that this decision is based exclusively on hypothetical and probable evaluation without concrete evidence. [which we’ve translated from Italian].

On demand delivery app is Faced down Many legal challenges on home turf – related to their classification of gig workers (as self-employed couriers) and opposition to collective bargaining rights for riders.

Although a 2018 investigation led by UK MP Frank Field Deliveroo works very well for some riders but very poorly for others – compared to its “flexible” labor model for 20th-century dockyards – calling the dual labor market.

The decision of the Bologna court is also notable in the light In recent months there have been a number of legal challenges against the use of algorithms from other gig platforms to manage large “self-employed” tasks filed in Europe.

It includes a group of Uber drivers who filed a challenge to Uber’s automatic decision making in the Netherlands the last summer – Reference to PAN-EU data protection legislation.

While ride-hailing company is facing ola Similar challenge For the use of technical monitoring and data as a management tool to control a self-employed workforce.

Decisions on those cases are still pending.

At the same time, EU MPs have as proposed New legislation requiring larger online platforms to provide for regulators Information about how their algorithm ranking system works – With the aim of enabling wider social oversight of AI-fueled veterans.

The move to enable monitoring and accountability of the platform’s algorithms comes in response to concerns about lack of transparency and capacity Automated decisions to measure bias, discrimination and exploitation.