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This article was published on January 27, 2016


California judge won’t put brakes on upcoming Uber driver lawsuit

California judge won’t put brakes on upcoming Uber driver lawsuit


Lauren Hockenson
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Lauren is a reporter for The Next Web, based in San Francisco. She covers the key players that make the tech ecosystem what it is right now. Lauren is a reporter for The Next Web, based in San Francisco. She covers the key players that make the tech ecosystem what it is right now. She also has a folder full of dog GIFs and uses them liberally on Twitter at @lhockenson.

It looks like Uber drivers in California will have their day in court, as Bloomberg reports that the ride share company couldn’t convince the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco to halt a major class-action trial.

Uber wanted to pause the trial as it seeks to challenge a ruling in December that added 100,000 new names to the class action suit. Without the ability to stop the proceedings, however, things will be progressing as normal.

The class action suit revolves around issues that Uber has struggled with in the past year, namely in the classification of its thousands of drivers as contractors and denying them tips and reimbursement for expenses. Depending on the nature of the ruling, the trial could have serious, lasting effects on the overall treatment of workers within the gig economy as well as a more direct impact on Uber’s operations structure.

Uber Loses Bid to Pause Drivers Group Lawsuit as Trial Looms [Bloomberg]

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