NY Department of Labor says New York Uber drivers are employees, not independent contractors

by Sean Riley

NY Post

Two former New York Uber drivers are to be considered employees and not independent contractors as a result of a state Department of Labor ruling making them eligible for unemployment benefits, it was revealed Wednesday.

A lawsuit by the the New York Taxi Workers Alliance had spurred the department to make a ruling.

Uber had argued the drivers were independent contractors and thus the company did not have to contribute to unemployment or worker-compensation insurance funds, or guarantee a minimum wage, the alliance said Wednesday.

The alliance has scheduled a press conference for Thursday outside the Department of Labor’s Manhattan office to call for a comprehensive audit of Uber.