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Uber and Lyft Drivers May Have Employee Status, Judge Says

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Uber Technologies Inc.’s drivers may have to be treated as employees rather than independent contractors, a federal judge said, a day after another judge in San Francisco gave the same warning to Lyft Inc.

The car service companies are fighting challenges to the business model they use throughout the U.S. that provides drivers with applications on mobile phones to pick up riders. The drivers contend in their lawsuits that they’re employees entitled to minimum wage, reimbursement for expenses and other benefits.