U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco gave his final approval to the $27 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit against Lyft Inc, ending a legal case that challenged the independent contractor status of the ride-hailing service’s drivers. The judge had previously rejected a $12.25 million settlement offer because it “short-changed” drivers. While this agreement does reimburse the drivers for expenses in some sense, it does not change Lyft’s classification of its drivers as independent contractors. Uber, another ride hailing service, has faced similar lawsuits regarding its drivers’ status.
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