U.S. District Judge Edward Chen has ruled that a class of California Uber drivers can proceed with claims that the mobile ride-hailing service misclassified them as independent contractors and withheld their tips. In a 65 page decision, Judge Chen found that that the class of drivers, numbering some 160,000 in California, were able to show that Uber exercises enough control over their driving schedules, performance and pay – along with a unilateral right to terminate a driver without cause – to merit certification. The plaintiffs had sought class certification for all Uber drivers across the country, which Judge Chen has withheld for now but may grant later. Uber expressed its intent to appeal the decision.
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