In a ruling from the Golden State, the California Labor Commission found
that a San Francisco-based Uber driver should be classified as an employee
of the rise-hailing company, rather than an independent contractor. The
ruling could set a precedent during a time when ride-hailing services
are becoming increasingly popular.
Here are some details about the ruling:
- The ruling, made in March and appealed by Uber yesterday, ordered the ride-hailing
service to reimburse one of its former drivers over $4,000 in expenses
and costs because, the Labor Commission ruled, Uber acted more like an
employer than a “logistics company” that connects independent
contractor drivers with people who need rides. For example, Uber sometimes
provided phones to drivers, monitored their approval ratings, and terminated
their account if they were inactive for too long or if their approval
The ruling could have a significant impact in the future, as classifying
Uber drivers as employees would open the company up to more expenses,
including employee benefits like
Social Security and
- In an effort to fight the decision - which currently only applies to one
driver in California - Uber has appealed the ruling and is expected to
fight until all options are exhausted.
As a firm that handles
auto accident cases and cases involving Social Security and workers’ compensation,
we know that the ruling could mean big things for Uber drivers, customers,
and others on the road. Should Uber become a company that treats its employees
fairly, drivers would have access to benefits in their times of need.
Additionally, it is likely Uber would devote more resources to ensuring
its drivers and passengers are safe.
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