In the News September 1, 2015

Jim Evans Comments on Uber Class Action in The Wall Street Journal

A federal judge granted class action status to the lawsuit against Uber claiming the company treats its drivers like employees without providing necessary benefits. The lawsuit applies to all Uber drivers in California who didn’t waive their right to the class action arbitration.

Jim Evans, partner in Alston & Bird’s Labor and Employment Group in Los Angeles, who has represented employers in class action cases related to employee misclassification, warned that this lawsuit could set a precedent for other cases representing a broader group of Uber drivers and those outside of California.

“If they are the same issues affecting the same group or type of employees then it could bind [Uber] in other litigation,” said Evans, adding: “This class action case is likely to take years to reach an outcome.”
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