Uber Contractors Vs. Employees

samantha severyn

Since Uber was launched in 2011 it has been the target of many lawsuits and now beginning in 2017 it is caught in another, this time it is on the grounds that Uber drivers feel they should be classified as employees as opposed to independent contractors.

This new class action lawsuit claims that Uber Drivers should be receiving benefits as employees, especially if they are “graded” and subject to termination based on any failures to adhere to any of the detailed requirements Uber has outlined for each individual Uber driver to follow. However, Uber maintains that the freedom to set one’s own shifts around one’s own personal life and the flexibility accompanied by the original Uber concept would be compromised if they treated Uber drivers as employees and had to install set shifts and paid a fixed hourly wage.  

Uber drivers are focusing on three types of claims in the lawsuits:

  1. They want to be reimbursed for business-related expenses such as insurance and vehicle maintenance (Uber drivers currently pay for all of their work expenses).
  2. They want to be paid the entire amount of any tip or gratuity that a rider leaves for the driver (Uber doesn’t allow drivers to accept tips).
  3. They desire greater transparency about their driver ratings as well as company decisions about when and why drivers are deactivated from the Uber platform.


While being asked to be classified as an employer, many perks would accompany the decision, including minimum wage, overtime, anti-discrimination laws, workers compensation, amongst other. These perks would come at the expense of your freedom though. Isn't that the whole point of Uber? 

Do you work for Uber and feel that you should be considered an employee? If so, contact Pirl today and we will review your case.

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