A federal judge in San Francisco has granted class action status to a group of former and current Uber drivers. With that distinction, a group of four drivers will now be able to go forward with a class action lawsuit representing the 160,000 drivers across California.
The case, known as O’Connor v. Uber, represents a major landmark in a rising tide of legal decisions and ongoing litigation in the so-called “sharing economy.” The four drivers are seeking to push Uber to recognize the service’s workers as employees rather than contractors.
“It’s a big step in this litigation, certifying this class,” Miriam Cherry, a labor law professor at Saint Louis University, told Ars. “I knew this case was a big one. This case is going to have a major effect on not just Uber but all these businesses and business models.
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