Keller Rohrback Continues Investigation of Uber Employment Practices

December 22, 2015

Keller Rohrback Continues Investigation of Uber Employment Practices


Keller Rohrback L.L.P is investigating the misclassification of Uber drivers as independent contractors. Under the present system, Uber shifts business expenses to its workers without providing the benefits of employment. These benefits include:

  • Guaranteed minimum wage
  • Protection against injury on the job (worker’s compensation)
  • Reduced payroll taxes (employees pay 50% of the required payroll tax; independent contractors pay 100% of the tax)
  • Reimbursement of expenses (for vehicle, gas, insurance, maintenance, etc.)
  • Overtime pay

In addition, Uber requires drivers to follow a litany of rules when interacting with customers. These rules govern the cleanliness of their vehicles, the timeliness of pick-up and drop-off, and what they are allowed to say to customers. Drivers are graded on how well they follow these rules and are subject to termination if they do not meet expectations. All of these facts indicate that Uber drivers meet the legal definition of employees, not independent contractors.

If you are an Uber driver and would like to share your experience, contact attorney Steve Ross or David Copley at (800) 776-6044 or via email at We’d like to know how many hours you work per week, whether or not you receive tips, and how Uber controls what you do and when you do it.

Keller Rohrback L.L.P. is one of America’s leading class action firms handling cases for over two decades. With offices in New York, Seattle, Phoenix, Oakland, and Santa Barbara, Keller Rohrback serves as lead and co-lead counsel in class actions throughout the country. Our Complex Litigation Group is proud to offer its expertise to clients nationwide, and our trial lawyers have obtained judgments and settlements on behalf of clients in excess of seven billion dollars.