Uber hit with new lawsuit on whether its drivers are employees

CNET | 9/12/2019 | Dara Kerr
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The lawsuits against Uber over whether its drivers are employees or independent contractors have already begun. On the heels of California legislators passing a landmark bill on Tuesday that could make gig economy companies reclassify their workers as employees, Uber's chief legal officer said the law won't necessarily apply to the ride-hailing company. But some drivers disagree.

A proposed class action lawsuit was filed against Uber in federal court in California on Wednesday, according to the New York Times. The suit was brought by attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan -- who has filed several suits against gig economy companies in the past, including Uber, Lyft and Grubhub -- for reportedly misclassifying workers.

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Uber drivers are currently classified as independent contractors, sometimes referred to as gig workers, which means they don't get benefits including Social Security, health insurance, paid sick days, workers' compensation and overtime. Many drivers say this system has led to exploitation. The bill that passed this week, AB 5, aims to provide such protections by shifting gig worker classification to employee. Once signed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom, the law is slated to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

Tony West, Uber's chief legal officer, said during a press call with reporters on Wednesday that he doesn't believe Uber will be beholden to the law.

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"Because we continue to believe drivers are properly classified as independent... drivers will not be automatically reclassified as employees, even...
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