Employees or Contractors? Uber fights to retain independent status for its drivers

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Uber insists that its 160,000 US drivers are not employees but independent contractors, and is fighting a legal battle to make sure it stays that way. Uber today filed a motion to oppose class certification of a lawsuit filed in January by three of its drivers who seek employee status with the company and to represent their fellow drivers as a class. Whereas a class action suit typically involves a group that shares similar grievances, Uber says that its drivers are too diverse for that classification. In its motion, Uber stated in part: … Plaintiffs themselves are woefully inadequate and atypical class representatives under Rule 23(a),”…

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