Drivers who worked for ride-hailing service Lyft in California during the past four years would have been entitled to an estimated $126 million in expense reimbursements had they been employees rather than contractors, according to a Reuters review. The news organization notes in its exclusive story that Lyft drivers would have recouped an average of $835 each under a standard rate for mileage reimbursement set by the U.S. government. Reporters derived the numbers from newly released court documents. The new figures, requested by a judge and calculated by attorneys for the drivers based on data supplied by Lyft, provide a rare glimpse into how much ride-hailing services may save by classifying drivers as independent contractors rather than employees. Lyft has called the numbers “hypothetical and misleading.” The company, along with its larger cousin Uber, is facing a variety of misclassification lawsuits, primarily in California.
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