Uber has billions of reasons for keeping drivers as freelancers

Last month, Uber agreed to pay $ 84 million to settle lawsuits in California and Massachusetts to the 385,000 plaintiffs in two cases brought against it in 2013, over whether its drivers should be classified as employees. That’s a pittance compared to what it would have had to pay drivers in those two states alone: Reuters reports that court documents made public this week show that had those drivers been Uber employees, they’d have received a whopping $ 730 million in expense reimbursements over the past seven years. The money would have gone towards covering the cost of fuel and vehicle maintenance,…

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