Uber scores a big win in legal fight to keep drivers as independent contractors

A three-judge panel ruled in favor of Uber in a long-standing lawsuit that could have a profound impact on the future of ride-sharing and the gig economy.

The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision Tuesday reversing the class certification order in the case of O’Connor v. Uber, in which Uber drivers argued they should be categorized as employees rather than independent contractors. The judges nullified the decision on the ground that Uber’s arbitration clause prohibits class actions.

“We have, unfortunately, been long expecting this,” said Shannon Liss-Riordan, an attorney representing Uber drivers in O’Connor. She cited the Ninth Circuit’s previous ruling against Uber…

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