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Q: Uber classification of driver is independent contractor Virginia classification is employee, requiring Uber to challenge

The challenge must be with a Virginia agency they never challenged the classification and Virginia allows Uber to treat drivers as independent contractors is this a civil rights violation

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: The classification of Uber drivers as independent contractors or employees varies depending on the jurisdiction and applicable laws. While Uber may classify drivers as independent contractors in Virginia, the classification may be challenged if it is believed to be in violation of state employment laws. However, the fact that Virginia allows Uber to treat drivers as independent contractors suggests that the classification may be lawful within the state's legal framework.

A civil rights violation typically involves discrimination or denial of rights based on characteristics such as race, gender, religion, or national origin. Classifying workers as independent contractors instead of employees, while it may have implications for labor rights and benefits, does not inherently constitute a civil rights violation unless it can be shown that the classification was made on discriminatory grounds.

If you believe that Uber's classification of drivers as independent contractors violates your rights or is in violation of labor laws, you may consider seeking legal advice to explore your options. An attorney can assess the specifics of your situation, advise you on your rights under Virginia law, and determine if there are grounds for challenging the classification or pursuing legal action against Uber.

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