Skip to content

April 13, 2018

US federal judge rules that UberBlack drivers are not employees

by John_A

Uber has been fighting the perception that its drivers should be employees for quite some time. Both the UK and the state of California have concluded that drivers should be considered employees and entitled to silly things like minimum wage, holiday pay and other benefits. Now, however, a US judge in Philadelphia has ruled that UberBlack drivers are not, in fact, employees under federal law.

The ruling only applies to Uber’s limousine-like service, but could set precedence for the entire ride-sharing industry and the associated gig economy. The judge said that Uber doesn’t exert enough control over UberBlack drivers to be considered their employer under the US Fair Labor Standards Act, reports Reuters. U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson said that the drivers can work when they want to, are free to nap, can run personal errands or smoke cigarettes between rides.

Uber is understandably pleased with the decision, according to Reuters, while a lawyer for the plaintiffs said he would appeal the ruling to the US 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, also in Philadelphia. That would make it the first federal appeals court to consider the issue, while Baylson said that he was the first judge to rule on the classification under federal law.

Source: Reuters

Read more from News

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Note: HTML is allowed. Your email address will never be published.

Subscribe to comments

%d bloggers like this: