While the agreements state that couriers have the right to work for other delivery companies, the couriers including Burgos were told during an orientation course in December last year that a courier would be “deactivated” from Uber if found to be working for any other service, according to the complaint. Couriers must also take the assignments given, and complete them in time frames set by Uber.
The company had a setback recently in the U.K. where an employment tribunal ruled that it should treat its local drivers as employees, and pay them the minimum wage and give them paid time off. The judge decided that Uber was an employer because of its control of pricing, of the route taken by the drivers, and of key information about passengers.
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