Employee or Independent Contractor?

Judge in Lyft misclassification case says drivers are essential to its profits

Reuters reports that U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani appeared skeptical of Lyft’s claims that its drivers were not independent contractors:

A federal judge in Boston on Tuesday sounded skeptical of Lyft Inc’s claim that its drivers are independent contractors and not its employees because it is not a transportation company, as the ride-hailing service seeks to fend off a ruling requiring it to give paid sick leave to drivers in Massachusetts.

U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani held a hearing via telephone in light of the coronavirus pandemic on a renewed bid by Lyft drivers for a preliminary injunction requiring the company to immediately reclassify them as employees pending the outcome of the 2019 lawsuit.

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Source: Judge in Lyft misclassification case says drivers are essential to its profits – Reuters

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