Weee!, a Fremont-based grocery delivery startup that specializes in delivering hard-to-find items from Asian and Hispanic grocery stores, is facing a class-action lawsuit from two delivery drivers. The suit, which was filed in Alameda County Superior Court, accuses the company of violating labor code regulations, including garnishing tips, failing to provide adequate breaks, and disregarding health and safety laws.
The plaintiffs, Yi Song and Xiangyang Ji, both started working as delivery drivers at Weee! in 2021. While Song still works for the company, Ji was terminated after three months, allegedly in retaliation for his complaints about the company’s violations.
According to the complaint, the two plaintiffs noticed “substantial irregularities with their tip-related compensation” in a sign that the company was withholding payment amounts past typical tax deductions. The complaint also alleges that Weee! established policies that punished employees for discussing their wages and working conditions.
Furthermore, the complaint alleges health and safety violations, including a lack of training and hand protection for workers handling dry ice. One of the named plaintiffs experienced dizziness, shortness of breath, and nearly lost consciousness while driving, according to the complaint.
The suit is seeking class-action status, and a hearing is scheduled for April 25. The plaintiffs are seeking back pay, compensatory damages, and civil penalties under the Private Attorneys General Act, as well as an injunction to stop the company’s alleged labor code violations.
Weee!, which was founded in 2015 by Larry Liu, has raised over $850 million in funding, including a $425 million Series E led by SoftBank that gave it a valuation of $4.1 billion. The company specializes in delivering groceries to underserved communities and has expanded to more than 60 cities in the United States.
Weee! did not respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit.