United States District Court for the Northern District of California
If you used the Uber Rides Application as a Driver in California between February 28, 2019 and December 16, 2020 or the Uber EATS Application between June 28, 2016 and October 7, 2021, and you are not bound by Uber’s arbitration clause because you validly opted out of arbitration, you could get a payment from a class action settlement.
- Two class action lawsuits were filed against Uber Technologies, Inc. (“Uber”) alleging that drivers should be classified as employees, and that Uber has violated provisions of California labor law by classifying them as independent contractors. The first lawsuit, James v. Uber Technologies, Inc., covers drivers who used the Uber Rides App between February 28, 2019 and December 16, 2020, and the second lawsuit, Hassell v. Uber Technologies, Inc., covers drivers who used the Uber EATS App between June 28, 2016 and October 7, 2021. Uber denies the allegations in these lawsuits.
The parties have reached a proposed settlement (“Settlement”) to resolve these lawsuits. Under the Settlement, Uber agrees to pay $8,435,800. The settlement does not reclassify drivers or deliverers as employees. The exact recovery per driver will depend on miles driven while using the Uber Rides App or Uber EATS App, either to pick up a passenger (or item such as takeout food) or while transporting a passenger or item in the car, and the settlement claims rate (since unclaimed funds will be distributed to drivers who submit claims). Assuming a 100% claims rate, and after accounting for deductions for attorneys’ fees, administration costs, and service awards, the average settlement share per claiming settlement class member will be approximately $4,750. If there is a 50% claims rate, this estimate would double for individuals who submit claims.
- The Court in charge of these lawsuits still has to decide whether to approve the Settlement. If it does, drivers who used the Uber Rides App in California between February 28, 2019 and December 16, 2020 or who used the Uber EATS App between June 28, 2016 and October 7, 2021 (the “Settlement Class Period”), and who are not bound by Uber’s arbitration clause, will be eligible for payment from Uber.
- Your legal rights are affected whether you act or don’t act. This website is to inform you of the Settlement, including: the nature of the claims at issue, your right to participate in or exclude yourself from the Settlement, and the effect of exercising your various options.