Uber Finally Rolls Over Driver Class Action
California ride-share drivers filed putative class actions against Uber and others that were consolidated claiming state and federal violations resulting from misclassification as independent contractors. Although the drivers prevailed in federal court, on appeal they lost ground with the Ninth Circuit finding the arbitration agreements between the drivers and Uber were enforceable. Also, since the agreement put the question of arbitrability to the arbitrator, the district court's certification of the class was reversed. Thus compelling the drivers to pursue claims on an individual basis that they were employees and entitled to reimbursement for gas and maintenance expenses. The court’s reasoning was bolstered by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis that came down in May.