Ridesharing services are facing a historic upcoming decision by jurors in San Fransisco regarding whether drivers should remain being classified as independent contractors or be considered employees. Instead of dismissing the case, U.S. District Judges Vince Chhabria and Edward Chen allowed the class action lawsuits brought by ridesharing drivers in California to continue in court.
Shannon Liss-Riordan, the lawyer representing California ridesharing drivers, said that the move by both judges was “a major victory for the drivers”. Both judges had opinions on either side of the case regarding classification of drivers being independent contractors or employees and said that a reasonable jury could be swayed in either direction. If jurors support drivers being classified as employees, ridesharing services will have to adapt to major changes such as overtime wages, unemployment insurance, increased liability and accident insurance, and reimbursement for driver work expenses.