Bloomberg Law
Nov. 5, 2021, 8:45 PM

Lyft Drivers Lose First Circuit Fight Over Arbitration, Sick Pay

Erin Mulvaney
Erin Mulvaney

Lyft Inc. drivers must arbitrate claims that they’re owed employee benefits, and they’re not entitled to a court order directing that they be treated as employees with sick leave rights, the First Circuit ruled Friday.

The drivers don’t qualify for a Federal Arbitration Act exemption for transportation workers engaged in interstate commerce, according to a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

The court wasn’t swayed by arguments that the drivers moved in interstate commerce just because they bring passengers to and from an airport. The ruling means the workers won’t be able to proceed in ...

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