Are Gig Workers Employees Or Independent Contractors? 2 Lawsuits May Decide

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 11:53am
Updated: Friday, April 5, 2019 - 2:52pm
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In just the past few years, an increasing number of Americans have taken on part-time gigs or side hustles, like driving for Uber or Lyft. That’s made it more common for disputes to come up related to whether the worker is an employee or independent contractor.

Two major lawsuits aimed at distinguishing the differences have recently been settled. One involved Uber, while the other was with Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings.

David Sherwyn, Cornell law professor and a research fellow at the Center for Labor and Employment Law at New York University's School of Law, joined The Show to explain more about the issues.

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