Uber ruling fuel debate on status of workers

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In a ruling that fuels a long-simmering debate over some of silicon valley’s fast-growing technology companies and the work they are creating, the california labor commissioner’s office said that a driver for the ride-hailing service uber should be classified as an employee, not an independent contractor. The ruling ordered uber to reimbursem 4,152.20 in expense and other costs for the roughly eight weeks she worked as an uber drivers last year. While uber has long positioned itself as merely an app that connects drivers and passengers the labor office cited many instance in which it said uber acted more like an employer. Uber is appealing the decision.

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