Uber “Contract” drivers ruled to be legal Employees of Uber

uber career purgatory

Uber Career Purgatory

The ride sharing service Uber lost a major court battle today, with the judge ruling that the contract independent drivers for the company are in fact employees of Uber.  Typically Uber has all of its drivers paid in a 1099 form which reports earnings to the IRS for taxes. Drivers carry the responsibility to maintain their vehicles, have insurance, and pay for fuel.

This may put to end what many drivers have been saying for months now, that they are employees of Uber. There is a chance it finally puts to end the Career Purgatory status of the workforce. The real impact will be interesting to see how it affects the competition like Lyft which uses a similar business model.