Often heralded for disrupting the taxi industry, ride-hailing platforms Uber and Lyft have not always been a boon for workers, who frequently accuse the companies of violating labor laws. Perhaps they have even violated your rights, if you’re a driver.
Uber and Lyft are beneficiaries of court decisions that made it harder for workers to fight labor law violations in court. By making drivers sign so-called “mandatory arbitration agreements,” they effectively circumvent the Constitutional right to a trial by jury, including class action lawsuits. Instead, workers must resolve claims in a private proceeding where corporations hold the cards. But workers—with help from plaintiffs’ lawyers—have started to fight back against corporate attempts to strip them of their legal rights. As long as they have attorney representation, workers might be in a better position to win arbitration claims. In fact, hiring an attorney is the factor most strongly associated with a plaintiff’s arbitration success.
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