The key number to understand the UK’s decision to treat Uber drivers as workers, not contractors
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A court in London has upheld a ruling that Uber drivers are employees, not contractors—in part because they are punished if they fail to accept at least 80% of ride requests.
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Last year two Uber drivers sued the ride-hailing firm to obtain status as employees (with regular breaks, paid vacations, and minimum wage) instead of independent contractors.
Uber argued that its drivers are free to do things like control their schedule. It contested the 80% claim, though that figure was cited in the judge’s decision.