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Pay-Hungry Uber Drivers Hobbled by Supreme Court Arbitration Ruling

Uber Is Said To Lose At Least $1.2 Billion In First Half Of 2016

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Drivers for Uber Technologies Inc. in a long-running battle to be treated as employees took a big hit from the U.S. Supreme Court in a ruling that will probably force most of them to fight the ride-hailing behemoth one-on-one.

Almost a quarter-million California drivers won class-action status in 2015 and were headed toward a jury trial in San Francisco over claims that Uber wrongly classified them as independent contractors and owed them reimbursement for years of expenses and tips. But Uber fended off the trial, contending that the vast majority of drivers were required to go individually through private arbitration.