Massachusetts Attorney General Asks Judge to Reclassify Uber and Lyft Drivers

BOSTON (WWLP) – The state attorney general says Uber and Lyft have misidentified their drivers and stolen wages and benefits in the process.

Right now, app-based drivers are classified as independent contractors. Attorney General Andrea Campbell is asking a judge to reclassify them as employees. Opening statements in that trial began Monday.

Studies show that using contractors can cost companies up to 30 percent less than employees.

If reclassified, drivers would get benefits such as minimum wage, overtime or sick leave, which they do not currently receive. Uber and Lyft have argued that their apps only connect drivers with passengers, and do not have the control over drivers that a typical employer would have.

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