Uber Judge Wants Drivers' Employment Status Defined Soon

Law360, San Francisco (May 14, 2015, 9:00 PM EDT) -- The California federal judge overseeing a raft of Uber Inc. drivers' proposed labor class actions against the ride-hailing company said on Thursday that he'd like to find a way to consolidate them in order to determine once and for all whether Uber's drivers are independent contractors or employees.

U.S. District Court Judge Edward Chen said that although the cases involve different issues — such as whether drivers were deprived of their full share of tips or whether Uber is running unauthorized background checks on its drivers — many of the questions hinge on the drivers' employment stories. He encouraged attorneys for...

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