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Maryland Uber Driver Must Arbitrate Claims

May 4, 2016, 4:00 AM

An Uber driver in Maryland can’t proceed in court with her proposed class action asserting that the ride-hailing service misclassified drivers as independent contractors and failed to pay minimum wage and gratuities, a federal judge ruled (Varon v. Uber Techs., Inc., 2016 BL 140349, D. Md., 1:15-cv-03650, 5/3/16).

Elizabeth Varon signed an enforceable agreement to individually arbitrate claims against Uber Technologies Inc. and its subsidiary Rasier LLC, Judge Marvin J. Garbis of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland said in a May 3 order granting Uber’s motion to compel arbitration.

The court noted that ...