Earning a living is not always easy, especially when an employer allegedly misclassifies its workers. According to a class-action lawsuit, the ride-sharing app Lyft has been doing just that, and drivers are ready to seek compensation. These and other types of mass torts claims are important for people in Tennessee who have been collectively wronged by one or more corporations.
Lyft is accused of classifying its drivers as independent contractors, a move that the lawsuit calls an intentional misclassification. One of the drivers involved in the claim has driven for the company since back in March 2016, and over the course of the years has worked an average of 42 to 70 hours every week. He also claims that he routinely puts anywhere between 500 and 1,100 miles on his vehicle in a single week.
The suit claims that by misclassifying him and other drivers as contractors rather than employees, drivers were wrongfully deprived of important compensation. These include things like overtime, reimbursed expenses, minimum wage and other employee rights. This is not the first suit to accuse the company of prioritizing its profits by denying drivers the compensation they deserve. Lyft has also faced numerous other lawsuits making these same allegations. While the company has settled other suits, the outcomes never truly addressed the problem of misclassifying employees.
While the problem of misclassifying employees existed long before the gig economy, this issue seems to be flourishing in those kinds of conditions. This means that Tennessee gig workers could be missing out on important compensation, especially if they work across multiple platforms and apps. Mass torts actions can be an important path for these workers to not only get the benefits they deserve, but also important worker protections.