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N.Y. Labor Board Rules Against Uber On Unemployment Benefit Claims

July 19, 2018 - 3:07 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- In a ruling that could have widespread repercussions, a New York state labor board has ruled against Uber in a case involving driver unemployment claims.

As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported, the board found three drivers were company employees for the purpose of unemployment benefits. Driver advocates believe that sets a precedent for other drivers.

Uber disagrees.

Joshua Freeman, a labor expert at Queens College, thinks it is unclear.

"This is not a class action suit,” Freemans said. “So right now it only applies to these three workers, but potentially it could indicate that in future cases, we'll see similar findings."

Freeman wonders if future claims extend beyond unemployment.

"Are Uber workers, for example, eligible for the minimum wage? Are they eligible for collective bargaining rights?” he said.

A company representative said Uber is reviewing its options.