Uber and Lyft drivers are at a crossroads as the ride-sharing firms have avoided classifying them as employees in several court cases, and can continue using private arbitration agreements to skirt further conflict. Such agreements, coupled with provisions blocking workers from using the leverage of class action lawsuits are now ubiquitous among U.S. employers. The drivers’ cases were allowed to proceed only because their lawyer found holes in earlier versions of company contracts. The companies have since closed those gaps. That means Uber’s $100 million settlement with 385,000 current and former drivers in California and Massachusetts and Lyft’s $27 million agreement may mark the last of such courtroom battles in the U.S.
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