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Can Uber Drivers Get Workers’ Compensation?

November 14th, 2017 at 6:44 pm

DuPage County workers' compensation attorney, Uber drivers, workers compensation, workers’ compensation coverage, workers’ compensation benefitsUber and Lyft are two large, and quickly growing, transportation companies that operate primarily with part time or contract workers. What has made these two companies grow so quickly and take over the jobs of thousands of taxi drivers and other conventional transportation companies? Convenience plays a large role, but so too does cost. And one of the main ways Uber and Lyft keep their costs down is because they are not required to provide workers’ compensation coverage, or any benefits at all, to their employees, who are actually classified as part time contract workers.

But as ride sharing—or ride sourcing—grows, will the laws transform to meet the demand of hundreds of thousands of Uber drivers in this new “gig” economy? If you were injured while driving on the job for Uber or Lyft, you may have options by contacting a workers’ compensation attorney for help.

Class Action Lawsuits Bring Results for Uber Drivers, Narrow Wide Gap Between Part Time Contractor and Employee with Benefits

Uber has come under fire from thousands of its part time contractors, who wish to be considered employees and benefit from the insurance that comes with that title. Uber employs 600,000 people across the country, according to The New York Times.

Recently, a federal judge in North Carolina gave the “okay” for initial steps for giving Uber drivers the status of employees. There are 18,000 Uber employees who opted out of arbitration, meaning that they have the right to sue Uber, who will be crucial to the class action lawsuit, which is being brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

According to one of the lawyers working on the case, “The ruling today is going to allow drivers across the country to band together to challenge Uber’s misclassification of them. They are employees and should be getting minimum wage and overtime as required by federal law.”

Not only would Uber drivers be given minimum wage and other benefits, including overtime, if they were considered employees, but they would be entitled to workers’ compensation as well.

There Are Options to Take Today

Uber and Lyft drivers face many dangers while out driving, according to Wired, including verbal abuse, physical violence, and, of course, the ever present threat of being involved in a car collision or being hit by a drunk driver during the midnight hours.

While Uber and Lyft do not have to offer workers’ compensation benefits to their injured drivers, you may still be able to seek a settlement or even file a lawsuit against one of the companies if you are seriously injured on the road. The first step is to reach out to a passionate DuPage County workers’ compensation attorney at our office for help.

Sources:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/12/business/uber-drivers-class-action.html

https://www.wired.com/2016/03/uber-lyft-can-much-keep-drivers-safe/

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