How a worker is classified affects his or her form of compensation, benefits and much more. It is extremely important that employers in West Virginia classify their workers correctly; otherwise, workers can lose out on wages, and employers may face legal recourse. Drivers for Lyft claim that they are suffering financially because of the company’s misclassification of its workforce, and some are taking action to change things.
A man who works full time driving for the ride-sharing app Lyft recently filed a class-action lawsuit against the company. He alleges that Lyft purposely misclassifies its drivers, labeling them as independent contractors rather than regular employees. According to him, this misclassification means that he was deprived of minimum wage, overtime and reimbursed expenses, as were other drivers. The driver who filed the suit has been driving for Lyft from anywhere from 42 to 70 hours weekly since March 2016. He logs up to 1,100 miles in a single week.
Lyft has been accused of misclassifying workers before. In 2017, the company settled another misclassification suit for $27 million. Unfortunately, the settlement did not clarify how drivers should be classified. In addition to this and the newest lawsuit, Lyft is still dealing with one additional lawsuit over driver classification.
While these class-action lawsuits represent many workers all across the United States, a single person or group of workers can seek compensation on a much smaller scale. For example, if a West Virginia employer does not classify his or her employee correctly, that employee can pursue a misclassification lawsuit. When these suits are successfully pursued to completion, victims can possibly receive compensation for lost wages, overtime, benefits and more.