The California Employment Development Department (EDD) determined that a former Uber driver in Southern California was an employee, not an independent contractor as the company has claimed, and the decision was upheld twice after Uber appealed by both an administrative law judge and the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. The EDD decision is the third such ruling against Uber’s 1099-dependant business model. The other two were by a Florida regulatory agency in May and the California Labor Commissioner in June. This decision also comes on the heels of a U.S. District Court decision last week which allowed a huge group of Uber drivers in California to proceed as a class to challenge their employment status with the company.
Read complete coverage of this most recent decision from Reuters via Insurance Journal here.