Airport Cabbies Are Independent Operators, 9th Circ. Says

By Linda Chiem (March 30, 2017, 5:26 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit ruled Monday that Phoenix airport cab drivers are independent operators and not employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act because they are not economically dependent on the companies, rejecting a proposed collective action alleging the drivers were not paid proper minimum wage.

A three-judge panel affirmed an Arizona federal judge's 2015 summary judgment for AAA Cab Service Inc., more commonly known as Yellow Cab in Arizona, which had a contract with the city of Phoenix to provide taxicab service at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The panel found that the companies established by clear and convincing evidence that...

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