The Supreme Court of Canada rules Uber arbitration clauses invalid
The Supreme Court of Canada held the arbitration provision contained in all Uber Service Agreements that the company enters with drivers invalid. Under the arbitration provision, all driver disputes with Uber in Canada were required to go through arbitration in the Netherlands. The court reasoned that the arbitration provision is invalid because drivers cannot reasonably be expected to incur the financial costs to arbitrate a legal dispute overseas in the Netherlands. The class action lawsuit was filed by the driver David Heller, who works for Uber Eats. He sought in the name of the class drivers minimum wage, vacation pay, and benefits for drivers that amounted over $400 million in damages. He primarily argued that Uber misclassified him as an independent contractor rather than an employee.