Labor Fight Extends to UberEatsJanuary 26th, 2017 by Lancaster & Eure, P.A.
Following the unprecedented rise in popularity of the ride-sharing service Uber, lawsuits were filed across the country challenging Uber's designation of their drivers as independent contractors. Up until recently, Uber's sister company UberEats, a delivery service for local restaurants available in cities across the nation, was spared from these type of labor challenges.
However, a lawsuit was recently filed in Tampa challenging the designation of the delivery drivers as independent contractors. The lawsuit contends that the drivers are employees of UberEats and are being deprived of benefits ranging from minimum wage protections to workers' compensation insurance. Currently the attorneys representing the plaintiff are seeking class action status indicating that the class could include over 1,000 drivers.
Unfortunately, misclassifying workers as independent contractors is a problem that has existed for years in Florida and can have a large impact on an injured worker's ability to obtain workers' compensation benefits. If you or your loved ones have experienced issues with employment classifications, contact our office to speak with one of our attorneys regarding your rights. Each attorney gives every client unique and personal attention. Call us for a free consultation (941) 365-7575, or, feel free to contact us online.