Uber's Employee Status Arguments 'Pure Fiction,' Drivers Say

Law360 (November 24, 2020, 2:20 PM EST) -- Labor groups representing over 50,000 Uber drivers urged the First Circuit on Monday to force the ride-hailing company to recognize them as employees and grant them sick leave during the pandemic, dismissing as "pure fiction" the company's arguments that the drivers are fee-paying customers of its matchmaking service. 

According to the amicus brief filed by the Boston Independent Drivers Guild, Gig Workers Rising, Mobile Workers Alliance, Rideshare Drivers United and We Drive Progress, Uber's argument that its drivers prefer to remain independent contractors "relies on labels rather than reality and elevates form over substance."

Uber is not merely a technology that...

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