Uber & Out? Drivers Sue Sharing Economy Champion For Minimum Wage

Posted: December 28, 2016 in Uncategorized

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Uber drivers in Pennsylvania are suing the ride-sharing service to collect wages while waiting for rides in the latest court battle over whether drivers should be classified as contractors or employees. For more background on Uber’s ruthless exploitation of drivers see Tribunal Rules Uber Drivers are Employees Not Slaves and Uber Turns Drivers into Modern Day Sharecroppers and The Ugly Truth About Airbnb, Uber and Task Rabbit

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Submitted by Giuseppe Macri via InsideSources.com,

Uber drivers in Pennsylvania are suing the ride-sharing service to collect wages while waiting for rides in the latest court battle over whether drivers should be classified as contractors or employees.

Judge Michael Baylson of the U.S.District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied a motion by Uber in December to dismiss a civil suit brought by Uber drivers in Philadelphia. The drivers say they?re entitled to minimum wage and overtime while logged into the app and waiting for rides, thePittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

?By misclassifying its limousine drivers as independent contractors, defendants unlawfully avoid paying hourly wages, overtime wages, business expenses, unemployment taxes, social security taxes, disability taxes, workers? compensation premiums and other mandatory employment benefits,? lawyers representing the group wrote to the court.

Baylson has ordered both sides to submit evidence backing up their claims, including specific information from Uber…

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