Uber scored a legal victory against drivers seeking employee benefits.
On Tuesday, a federal appeals court in San Francisco said Uber drivers can no longer sue the ride-hailing giant as a group, reversing a lower court decision which had granted the drivers class-action status, according to Reuters. The decision means drivers will have to sue Uber as individuals, potentially putting them at a disadvantage.
Uber didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
In 2013, three drivers accused Uber in a lawsuit of misclassifying them as independent contractors rather than employees. The classification meant the drivers weren’t reimbursed for expenses such as gas and vehicle maintenance. In 2015, a federal judge granted the lawsuit class-action status, allowing thousands of Uber drivers to join the suit.
“We are urging all Uber drivers who want to pursue these misclassification claims to contact us immediately to sign up for individual arbitration,” said Shannon Liss-Riordan, the lawyer representing the drivers, in an email statement. “Thousands of drivers have already signed up for individual arbitration. If Uber wants to resolve these disputes one by one, we are ready to do that – one by one.”