California Says Uber Driver Is Employee, Not a Contractor

June 17, 2015 3:34 PM

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California Says Uber Driver Is Employee, Not a Contractor

In what could prove to be a precedent-setting ruling for the sharing economy, California’s Labor Commission has ruled that an Uber driver should be classified as an employee, not an independent contractor.

The ruling, made in March but which came to light after Uber filed an appeal on Tuesday evening, ordered the company to reimburse Barbara Ann Berwick, a former Uber driver, $4,152.20 in expenses and other costs for the period when Ms. Berwick worked as a driver.

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