California Uber and Lyft Driver Misclassification Cases Survive Summary Judgment

Two federal judges have held that whether Uber and Lyft drivers are employees or independent contractors under California law cannot be decided on summary judgment and must be decided by a jury:

"Two landmark lawsuits that claim that drivers for ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft should be considered employees rather than contractors will both go to jury trial, two U.S. judges ruled Wednesday. The decisions could have a ripple effect on the business models of the burgeoning on-demand and sharing economies." (link)

The Uber decision is available here and the Lyft decision is available here.

This is a big win for workers.