Uber may face class-action lawsuit
July 13, 2017
Uber drivers have won a tentative victory in their long-running legal battle to be classified as employees rather than independent contractors.
A federal court in North Carolina gave conditional certification on Wednesday to a class-action lawsuit by several Uber drivers that was brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The plaintiffs can now seek out the approximately 18,000 drivers who opted out of arbitration in their contracts with Uber and are thus eligible to join the case. Uber has more than 600,000 drivers in the United States.
“The ruling today is going to allow drivers across the country to band together to challenge Uber’s misclassification of them,” said Paul B. Maslo, a lawyer for the plaintiffs. “They are employees and should be getting minimum wage and overtime as required by federal law.”