Los Angeles partner Mark Terman was quoted in a Daily Journal article titled, “Judge slams Uber legal argument and sends misclassification suit to jury.” The article discussed the argument over whether rideshare drivers for companies such as Uber Technologies, Inc. and Lyft are to be classified as independent contractors or employees.  A U.S. district judge recently denied Uber’s motion for summary judgment that Uber is a technology company and not a transportation company.  The judge ruled that employment classification is a fact-based matter for jury to decide.

Mark, noted that the Uber and Lyft workplace situations “look and feel like an employer-controlled environment.” But, he added,  both companies “could still have viable independent contractor arguments before a jury, such as the drivers abilities to accept or reject rides, or even work for a competing company.”