From Upstart Business Journal — “”I view the decision in our case as one that should be powerfully influential in challenges to the use of independent contractors in the ‘sharing economy,’ ” lead plaintiffs attorney Beth Ross, who filed the first challenge to FedEx’s independent contractor policy in 2005. After that, similar challenges were filed in about 40 states.
The list of potential targets starts with Uber Technologies and Lyft, both of which have been sued by drivers who serve customers who use the “ridesharing” services. The drivers contend they should be considered employees. Neither company responded to requests for comment.
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“I think the decision is significant for Uber and Lyft. FedEx has made many similar arguments as Uber and Lyft claiming that delivery drivers are independent contractors,” said Boston attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan, who represents drivers in lawsuits against both Uber and Lyft and previously helped win a similar judgment against FedEx in Massachusetts…”
Read the full story at How a ruling against FedEx could hammer Uber, Lyft.
- Independent contractor ruling on FedEx drivers could affect “Sharing Economy” (bizjournals.com)
- Why Are Governments Afraid of Ridesharing like Uber and Lyft? (pointsandfigures.com)
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