Uber Lawsuit California
Uber Driver Misclassification Class Action Settlement
A $20 million settlement has been reached to resolve claims that Uber misclassifies their California drivers as independent contractors.
The settlement will benefit individuals who were Uber drivers in California between Aug. 16, 2009 and Feb. 28, 2019, and who are not bound by Uber’s arbitration clause.
The arbitration clause may not bind drivers either because they have validly opted out of arbitration or because Uber has no record of their acceptance of an arbitration agreement.
Plaintiffs in the Uber class action lawsuits claim that drivers are mistakenly classified by the ridesharing company as independent contractors. Uber allegedly gets out of providing certain benefits by classifying their drivers as independent contractors.
Labor laws in states such as California provide additional protections for workers that may not apply on the federal level. These laws may require stricter requirements for overtime pay and employee classification.
Uber allegedly failed to reimburse their drivers for vehicle and phone expenses, failed to pass along entire tips, and interfered with the drivers’ relationship with passengers.
These supposed actions led the company to face two class-action lawsuits. By claiming that the plaintiffs were bound by arbitration clauses, Uber tried to fight the class action lawsuits.
Class Members who file a valid claim will be able to recover compensation for the number of miles they spent “On Trip” between Aug. 16, 2009, and Feb. 28, 2019.
The exact payment amount will depend on the number of valid claims filed and the amount of the settlement fund set aside for attorneys’ fees, administration fees, and other costs.
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