Uber faces another drivers’ class-action lawsuit

Uber faces another drivers’ class-action lawsuit

Just a few weeks after reaching a $100m settlement over lawsuits in California and Massachusetts, Uber has been hit with a new proposed nationwide class action from drivers claiming that they were misclassified as independent contractors. The new lawsuit, which was filed on Sunday (1 May) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, alleges that Uber should be considered as the drivers’ employer under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

In a statement sent to US-based media, Uber commented: ““Nearly 90% of drivers say the main reason they use Uber is because they love being their own boss.

“As employees, drivers would have set shifts, earn a fixed hourly wage, and lose the ability to drive with other ridesharing apps – as well as the personal flexibility they most value.”

Industry observers expect that the new lawsuit – like those filed in California and Massachusetts – will end in a settlement, although this may be several years hence.

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