Burden Falls On Grubhub In Gig Economy Case, Judge Says

Law360, San Francisco (October 30, 2017, 10:53 PM EDT) -- Amid closing arguments Monday in a bench trial over whether Grubhub misclassified meal delivery drivers as independent contractors, a California federal judge observed that squaring the gig economy with existing labor rules was “tricky,” and said Grubhub bears the burden of proving that its drivers were properly classified.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley cited a California appeals court’s recent decision in Linton v. DeSoto Cab, which said a trial court erred in saying that a taxi driver had the burden of proving an employment relationship,...
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