Ride-sharing giant Uber has lost its final appeal in a long UK legal battle over whether its drivers are self-employed contractors or legally-recognized workers. The ruling draws an end to a five-year-long legal fight and is a major setback for Uber that could affect all gig workers in the United Kingdom.
Bloomberg reports that ride-sharing service Uber has lost a UK Supreme Court ruling over the rights of its drivers in a decision that could affect all gig workers in the country. The judges unanimously ruled that Uber drivers are workers that are entitled to rights such as minimum wage, holiday pay, and rest breaks.
Judge George Leggatt stated that Uber drivers working time is not limited to the time spent driving passengers but also “includes any period when a driver is logged into the app and ready and willing to accept trips.”
The ruling could have a major impact on the