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California Commission Rules Uber Driver is an Employee

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In a decision that could have a tremendous impact on the future of Uber and other ride-hailing companies, the California Labor Commission ruled that a San-Francisco Uber driver is an employee - not an independent contractor as the company had them classified. The ruling could change the game for Uber, its drivers, and passengers.

Here is some additional information about the ruling:

  • Earlier this week, Uber appealed the decision, which found that Uber owed over $4,000 in expenses and costs to an Uber driver because they treated the driver more like an employee than an independent contractor.
  • According to the lawsuit - which Uber will vehemently appeal - Uber would provide phones to drivers and monitor their activity. If they didn’t pick up enough fares or were inactive for too long, Uber would deactivate their account.
  • The ruling could mean big things for Uber, specifically more expenses associated with employee pay and benefits. It may also result in more regulations for drivers, which in turn could make Uber safer for passengers and others on public roads.

Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing services have become incredibly popular over the past several years. In many major areas across the country, these services have become some of the top transportation methods of choice, surpassing public transportation and taxicabs. Although they have become popular, a number of issues involving driver safety, insurance, and passengers who suffer preventable have raised questions about

Although many experts are anxious to see the impact of this decision, it currently only applies to one driver’s case in one state. In Texas, complexities with handling insurance and personal injury matters involving Uber and Lyft still exist. At The Daspit Law Firm, our attorneys are available to help victims injured in all types of auto accidents.

If you would like more information about filing a personal injury claim and how our legal team can help you with your case, contact The Daspit Law Firm today.

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