Uber Drivers Suing for Better Pay Lose Critical Court Ruling

Sept. 25, 2018, 6:09 PM

Uber Technologies Inc. drivers suffered a major defeat in one of the gig economy’s most closely watched labor fights with a ruling barring hundreds of thousands of drivers from suing as a group for better pay and benefits.

The Sept. 25 decision by a federal appeals court in San Francisco wasn’t unexpected after the U.S Supreme Court in May bolstered the power of employers to force workers to use individual arbitration instead of class-action lawsuits.

A lawyer for the drivers vowed to keep fighting Uber’s business model—common in the sharing economy—that classifies drivers as contractors instead of employees.

“Thousands of ...

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