Uber drivers are employees, California rules

June 17, 2015 4:50 PM

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NEW YORK — An Uber driver who filed a complaint against Uber Technologies was an employee of the ride-hailing company, not an independent contractor, the California Labor Commission ruled this week.

The seemingly minor distinction won the driver, Barbara Berwick, a mere $4,152. But the ruling is being appealed by Uber because it could have a significantly bigger impact on the $40 billion startup's costs.

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