June 20, 2016, a federal judge says California.
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The date is set for the O’Connor against Uber Inc. class suit in which Boston attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan will try to prove that the drivers are hired as contractors by uber should be classified as employees. California federal judge on Friday set a trial date of June 20, 2016, to hear arguments in the case.
There are a number of similar lawsuits filed against the San Francisco start-ups, which rely (or used to rely) on contract workers to drive cars, make deliveries, as well as do other logistical tasks. Uber outcome could set an important precedent for what happens with the rest of the workers.
Uber tried and failed to resolve the drivers in separate arbitration; class action if the company loses, it may be more costly for the company. In an email, Liss-Riordan said that further hearing, scheduled for November, to discuss exactly how many drivers class will include. Before deciding California Federal Judge Edward M. Chen, a class can exceed the current size of 15,000 drivers. “If the judge Chen reviewing your order, it could cover more of the potential 160,000 drivers in California,” said Liss-Riordan.
On his way to a jury trial, the case was heard Hubert Chen, who set a date in June 2016, despite a request for a delay über. At that time, Chen said that the ability of the uber to digitally monitor employees gave them a level of control commensurate with their employers. Now, it’s up to the jury to decide who is right. Liss-Riordan said she was “looking forward” to him.