Canada’s Supreme Court ruled in favour of an Uber driver that opens the door on a class action suit forcing Uber to recognize drivers as employees rather than independent contractors. David Heller, an UberEats driver had attempted to file a class action suit against the ride-hailing company, with the intent of having drivers classed as employees and as such entitled to a minimum wage, vacation pay and other benefits. Uber had appealed the suit, arguing the case should be arbitrated in the Netherlands, where Uber is registered. In rejecting the appeal, the Supreme Court argued having the dispute mediated in the Netherlands would have caused a fundamental inequality of bargaining power in Uber’s favour. The ruling paves the way for the class-action suit to move forward and fundamentally challenges Uber’s business model.

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