A couple weeks ago, news broke that the Uber Misclassification Lawsuit in California had been settled. This came as a big surprise to me and many others who’d been watching the case. But now that some time has passed, I wanted to break down what it means for all parties involved.
The first thing that drivers need to understand is that this settlement still needs to be approved by Judge Chen. There’s a preliminary approval hearing on June 2 and we may know more about the details and time-line then, but with a case this big, even the settlement process (if it’s approved) could extend well into 2017. So drivers looking to get paid will have to be very patient.
Uber has already started implementing some of the non-monetary concessions from the settlement like the driver deactivation policy (nationwide) and an appeals process for deactivations. Although to be fair, Uber started piloting the latter in Seattle months ago, so even though it’s technically included in the settlement, it seems like they were planning on doing it anyways.