Aug 11, 2020

Uber and Lyft drivers are employees, says US judge

Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft must classify their drivers as employees rather than freelancers, a judge in California has ruled. Gig economy firms say it means drivers can work on their own terms, while critics say they have no protection. An Uber spokeswoman said: "The vast majority of drivers want to work independently, and we've already made significant changes to our app to ensure that remains the case under California law." The status of app-based drivers is set to be put to the vote in a referendum in California in November. Mike Feuer, Los Angeles City Attorney, described the ruling as "a resounding victory" for drivers.

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