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Judge rejects Uber’s settlement with drivers over employee classification

John Ribeiro | Aug. 22, 2016
At issue in the case is whether drivers are independent contractors or employees

The fundamental question of whether Uber drivers are employees or independent contractors is also not a simple one, Judge Chen observed in his order. “Should the issue of employee versus independent contractor status proceed to trial, it would be up to the jury to make the ultimate determination, the outcome of which cannot be predicted with any certainty,” he added. Uber has also threatened to take the case up to the Supreme Court.


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