Uber Drivers: Victory in Fight to be Treated As Employees
July 14, 2017
Uber was dealt a bit of a blow Thursday (July 13) when its drivers won a victory in its fight to be counted as employees rather than independent contractors.
According to a report in the New York Times, a federal court in North Carolina gave conditional certification this week to the class-action suit lodged by Uber drivers. The suit came under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and with the ruling the plaintiffs can find the roughly 18,000 drivers who decided against arbitration and join the case. Uber, noted the New York Times, has more than 600,000 drivers in the U.S.
“The ruling today is going to allow drivers across the country to band together to challenge Uber’s mis-classification of them,” said Paul B. Maslo, a lawyer for the plaintiffs in the New York Times report. “They are employees and should be getting minimum wage and overtime as required by federal law.”