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Uber Ordered to Face Class Action Over Employee Status

Sept. 1, 2015, 4:00 AM

Uber Technologies Inc. will have to defend a group lawsuit brought by drivers seeking the pay and benefits of employees, a federal judge in California ruled Sept. 1 O’Connor v. Uber Techs. Inc., N.D. Cal., 13-cv-03826, 9/1/15.

The ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California could affect drivers around the country, even though the San Francisco case is limited to 160,000 drivers in California.

Changing drivers’ status would entitle them to unemployment and workers’ compensation as well as the right to be represented by a union. Tuesday’s federal court ruling means Uber’s California ...

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