In a unanimous opinion issued on June 14, 2022, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court found it was an error for the Massachusetts Attorney General to certify two proposed ballot initiatives to redefine the employment classification of rideshare app drivers.
On February 17, 2022, a class of 1,322 California drivers announced an $8.43 million settlement with Uber Technologies, Inc. (“Uber”) to resolve claims Uber intentionally misclassified its drivers as independent contractors between February 28, 2019 and December 17, 2020.
On February 23, 2022, U.S. District Judge Martha Pacold granted Uber’s motion to compel arbitration in a lawsuit over the classification of its employees under federal wage laws.
On January 19, 2022, Plaintiff John Fleming requested preliminary approval of a $15,846,423 settlement on behalf of himself and a class of other current and former distributors of Matco Tools Corporation. The Settlement resolves allegations that Plaintiff and other class members were misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees, resulting in violations of California labor law.
The future of ridesharing services, such as Uber and Lyft, in California are very much in jeopardy as on Thursday, a California appeals court stated that the two companies must reclassify their drivers as employees rather than independent contractors. The decision, which reaffirms a lower court’s ruling, gives Uber and Lyft 30 days to comply with the ruling, assuming they do not appeal the decision.