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April 6, 2020

‘Scared to Death’ by Arbitration: Companies Drowning in Their Own System

Keller Lenkner’s first wave of cases have focused on workers in the gig economy. Mr. Lenkner said he believed that his firm could economically mount arbitration claims, one by one, because the gig workers had similar allegations against companies like Uber and Postmates — namely that they have been misclassified as independent contractors.

March 5, 2020

Postmates Loses Bid To Pause Courier Arbitration Ruling

A California federal judge won’t delay enforcement of her order requiring Postmates to arbitrate thousands of couriers’ misclassification claims while the company appeals the decision, saying Thursday that the harm the company claimed it would face due to steep arbitration fees was it own doing.

March 4, 2020

Appeals Court Moves UberBLACK Case Forward

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday decided to move forward with a case regarding whether UberBLACK drivers, who offer luxury Uber rides, should be classified as employees rather than contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The move comes as the ride-hailing company faces pressure from workers and lawmakers to classify independent gig workers as employees so they receive the required employee benefits that range from state to state.

March 3, 2020

Uber Loses Driver Misclassification Appeal in Pennsylvania

UberBLACK drivers in Pennsylvania put forth enough evidence to support their claims that Uber Technologies Inc. misclassified them as independent contractors instead of employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Third Circuit ruled Tuesday. Nationally, this is the first court of appeals case involving Uber—or any gig economy company—to […]

February 27, 2020

Arbitration Storm at DoorDash

Represented by Keller Lenkner, the Dashers went to court to compel arbitration. It’s a strategy that, for decades, we’ve watched managements use against consumers and employees. But workers litigating to get their bosses to arbitrate? “This is like judo,” said F. Paul Bland, executive director at Public Justice and a […]

February 11, 2020

Alsup Blasts DoorDash’s ‘Hypocrisy,’ Orders 5K Arbitrations

U.S. District Judge William Alsup ordered DoorDash to individually arbitrate employment misclassification claims brought by more than 5,000 food couriers, denying its request to pause the proceedings and slamming the company’s “hypocrisy” in requiring workers to sign arbitration agreements and then seeking classwide litigation.

February 11, 2020

DoorDash Ordered to Pay $9.5M to Arbitrate 5,000 Labor Disputes

Rejecting claims that the legal process it forced on workers is unfair, a federal judge ordered food-delivery service DoorDash to pay $9.5 million in arbitration fees for 5,010 delivery drivers’ labor demands against the company. “You’re going to pay that money,” U.S. District Judge William Alsup said in court. “You […]