Amazon Asks Top Court to Undo Delivery Driver Arbitration Ruling

Feb. 9, 2021, 3:30 PM

Amazon.com Inc. urged the Supreme Court to review a decision allowing an AmazonFlex driver to avoid arbitrating proposed class claims that he and others are misclassified as independent contractors because they’re interstate transportation workers exempt from the Federal Arbitration Act.

The First Circuit held in July 2020 that the workers—who make local deliveries to Amazon customers—qualify for the FAA exemption even though they don’t cross state lines because their work involves transporting goods or people in “the flow of interstate commerce.” They therefore aren’t bound by arbitration agreements that would prevent them from litigating their state-law wage claims. The First ...

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