UBER Faces Class Action Over Driver Status

Created by Jeff Brown 04 Sep 2015 @ 08:45
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Based upon a ruling this week, it looks as though Uber will have to defend a class action lawsuit brought by drivers seeking the pay and benefits of employees. The judge’s recent ruling may impact Uber’s growth. It could affect drivers around the country, even though the San Francisco case is limited to as many as 160,000 drivers in CA.

Changing drivers’ status from contractors would likely entitle them to benefits such as unemployment and workers’ compensation, as well as the right to unionize. This week’s ruling by U.S. District Judge Edward Chen means Uber’s California drivers can press as a group for reimbursement for tips. Other courts in the U.S. will likely look to Chen’s reasoning in evaluating other such challenges.

Jeff Brown is the Founder & CEO of Market Luminary. He previously served as the Founder/CEO/President of Blue Cod Technologies. He currently serves on Advisory Boards for Yodil Inc., Northeast Outdoors Foundation, and William J. O'Brien Lecture Series.
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