In UK, Uber loses appeal in employment case

Uber has lost an appeal against a court ruling issued last year by an employment tribunal in the UK, which stated that Uber employees should be classed as workers with minimum-wage rights. In its appeal, Uber argued that most of its drivers prefer their self-employed status, and that the worker status would deprive them of the ‘personal flexibility they value’. A London tribunal decided against Uber’s appeal, and the decision was welcome by the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain, which argues that companies in the sharing economy have been choosing to ‘deprive workers of their rights’. Uber plans to continue to challenge the court decision, and it yet to decide whether to go through a court of appeal, or straight to the Supreme Court.