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Justin Fox

Uber and the Not-Quite-Independent Contractor

There's a big gap in labor law that misses on-demand companies.
Legal disruption at no extra charge.

Legal disruption at no extra charge.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

This question of whether an Uber driver is an employee doesn't matter just to Uber.

As you may have heard, the on-demand car-service juggernaut lost a case early this month before the California Labor Commissioner on whether a driver was an independent contractor or an employee, and thus eligible for expense reimbursement. Uber is appealing that ruling in court, but it already faces a class-action lawsuit over the same issue in federal court in California and similar fights in Florida and Massachusetts.