A California court will soon decide whether Uber drivers should be considered
employees or independent contractors. The settlement, which is awaiting
approval in a San Francisco federal court, focuses on whether Uber exercises
enough control over its drivers to be considered an “employer”
or whether Uber’s relationship with its drivers is more hands-off
– i.e. it is just the provider of an app that helps them obtain
clients. This determination may have a significant impact concerning employment
rights – affecting issues such as minimum wage and reimbursement
of expenses. Many legal observers believe that for these purposes, the
courts will find that the drivers are independent contractors.
However, when it comes to responsibility for accidents caused by Uber drivers
and personal injuries, courts tend to find the drivers are employees,
and thus Uber may be found liable and required to pay damages and expenses
that arise out of accidents.
For more information or if you or a loved one has been involved in any
type of motor vehicle accident, please contact the dedicated
San Francisco personal injury lawyers
at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.