Greg Fisher, an Uber driver and Los Angeles resident, claims that the start-up company owes him overtime pay for periods when he drove longer than eight hours. Fisher has asked the judge to grant class-action status, which means that other drivers could join him as plaintiffs in the California overtime lawsuit.
The California Labor Commissioner’s Office in June 2015 ruled that Uber drivers were misclassified. They are employees and not independent contractors. Uber, now a $50 billion company, has appealed the decision. Of course any employee in California who works more than eight hours in a day is entitled to overtime compensation. But many unemployed Californians would likely rather work as independent contractors than not work at all: Uber has threatened to close shop and in early July, it filed a motion to oppose a class-action lawsuit claiming that more than 160,000 of its drivers should be classified as employees and not independent contractors. Uber argues that, should the class-action suit be successful, it “could force Uber to restructure its entire business model,” according to Time.
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