Uber Case – Round 2

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For round 2 of the Uber case, a mini victory for US taxi drivers in their long running battle with the international cab company.  Yesterday the courts in California quashed Uber’s attempt to settle the class action against them. I blogged back in November last year about this. This is the case where a number of drivers in California and Massachusetts were trying to argue that they are employees, rather than freelancers.  This has big implications for the kind of work benefits they should be entitled to – big implications for what Uber would be obliged to pay to its drivers.

A class action was raised and Uber are defending it bitterly; essentially saying that they are not a taxi firm, but they are a technology platform. As part of their attempt to shut down the class action, Uber made a settlement offer of $100M. This has been thrown out as being unfair to the drivers, so the case goes on.  Read more about it here: http://uberlawsuit.com/   Even in English law, the distinction between employee and freelance status isn’t clear. If you want more information on what the law says about employment or any other aspect of the above please don’t hesitate to email me on david.gordon@dg-law.co.uk

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