Calif. Law Not 'Remotely Clear' On Lyft Drivers' Status: Judge

Law360, Los Angeles (March 11, 2015, 8:44 PM EDT) -- The test in California courts for determining whether workers are independent contractors "provides nothing remotely close to a clear answer" in a dispute over whether drivers for Lyft Inc. should get the same benefits as full-fledged employees, a California federal judge said Wednesday, ruling a jury must decide.

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria refused to grant summary judgment to either Lyft or its former drivers in the ruling, finding that a jury must determine whether the drivers who work for Lyft are full-fledged employees or independent contractors not subject to the same benefit under California law, according to the decision....

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