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GrubHub Trial Judge May Be Willing to Revisit Gig Worker Verdict

Nov. 29, 2018, 6:13 PM

A former GrubHub Inc. food delivery driver who lost a trial alleging he’d been wrongly classified as an independent contractor inched closer toward another opportunity to make his case.

Former driver Raef Lawson lost in February following a bench trial on his claims under California law. Less than three months later, the state Supreme Court transformed the test for classifying a worker as a contractor or an employee under state law. It adopted a more worker-friendly test that makes it harder to tag workers with contractor status.

Lawson couldn’t directly ask the judge to revisit her verdict because he’d already ...

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