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Uber Drivers Win Preliminary Nod for Collective Lawsuit

July 12, 2017, 9:28 PM

Thousands of drivers for Uber Technologies Inc. who opted out of arbitration now will get the chance to join a class lawsuit challenging their classification as independent contractors rather than employees (Hood v. Uber Techs., Inc., M.D.N.C., No. 16-998, conditional certification 7/12/17).

A federal judge in North Carolina July 12 conditionally certified a Fair Labor Standards Act collective action against Uber in which drivers eventually could get a court ruling on whether they are employees entitled to the minimum wage, overtime pay, and other employee protections.

The court is the first tentatively to allow a nationwide FLSA group ...