On March 25, 2021, a Massachusetts judge denied the dismissal of a lawsuit by the state’s attorney general. The lawsuit is against Uber and Lyft for classifying drivers as independent contractors instead of employees.
While the judge, Suffolk County Superior Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Salinger, did not rule on whether or not the drivers are misclassified, his decision will let Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey pursue her claims against Uber Technologies Inc and Lyft Inc.
In his decision, Salinger wrote, “The allegations in the complaint plausibly suggest that Uber and Lyft misclassify their drivers and, as a result, deprive some drivers of required minimum wages, overtime, and sick leave.”
Both rideshare companies deny that their drivers are misclassified. They claim the majority of drivers enjoy the flexibility of being an independent contractor. The companies also argue that the flexibility would disappear if they were forced to reclassify their drivers as employees.
While neither Uber nor Lyft responded to Fox Business’s request for comment, Healey called the decision a “major victory in our ongoing fight to support and protect Uber and Lyft drivers from unfair and exploitative practices.”
The lawsuit was originally filed in July and asked for a court order declaring rideshare drivers as employees. This lawsuit is just the latest in a line of challenges against Uber and Lyft over the rights of gig workers.
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