A historic ruling in the Supreme Court means that some Uber drivers are now entitled to more comprehensive employment rights.

Previously, individuals who were working for Uber were considered to be working as self-employed contractors and therefore did not have the legal protections and benefits that employed workers are given. Under this new ruling, some Uber drivers are now entitled to paid holiday, paid rest breaks, and have the right to receive the National Minimum Wage.

Can you make a claim?

If you have been working for Uber, then we may be able to help you claim what you are owed under employment law. There are some limitations to this, and it is excluding Uber eat drivers, but if you believe that you may have workers right entitlement then complete the claim form and our specialists can make it clear what options could be available to you. This new ruling could open up the door for many former employees of Uber to get compensation for underpaid wages and missed holiday allowance.

Filling out our tailored questionnaire here will give the information you need to get started.

What has happened between Uber and the Supreme Court?

Beginning in 2016, former Uber drivers James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam launched a legal battle against Uber in which they claimed that they should be classed as being employed by the company, as opposed to being ‘self-employed’. Through the App Drivers and Couriers Union, they demanded that workers should be afforded:

  • Fair treatment for every driver
  • A cap on licensing so that drivers in the industry can make a fair income
  • Income guarantees from operators – big app operators have collapsed incomes through over supply.
  • Safety & Security on the job
  • Fairness from police and licensing authority enforcement agencies
  • Right to be properly consulted on regulatory changes
  • Worker rights protections

Uber responded to the legal claims with the argument that cities that used the popular ride-hailing app made up ‘mosaics of…small businesses linked by a common ‘platform’ – the Uber app. The court’s refusal to accept this argument could lead to the company raising the prices of its rides, but itis a significant step forward for those workers within the gig economy who work long hours without any of the employment benefits that others are allowed. This ultimately leaves them trapped in insecure jobs, with low pay and no protection to speak up about their treatment. The overall ruling of the Supreme Court that Uber drivers are employed as workers within the company will reverberate throughout other professions that similarly mistreat workers in this way by listing them as self-employed.

Uber Case Timeline

  • October 2016
    The first tribunal rules that James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam were Uber workers and that they therefore were entitled to holiday pay, paid rest breaks and the minimum wage.
  • November 2017
    Uber loses its subsequent appeal against the tribunal ruling. The company claims that drivers are self-employed and that it will launch a further appeal against the decision.
  • December 2018
    Uber loses their further appeal against the ruling that it’s drivers should be treated as workers for the company rather than self-employed. They then appealed to the Supreme Court.
  • February 2021
    Uber loses their final appeal in the Supreme Court which held that the drivers involved are to be considered workers rather than being self-employed.

FAQ

What does this ruling mean for Uber drivers?

This ruling now means that Uber drivers are considered to be workers for the company of Uber, rather than self-employed workers. This means that they are entitled to worker’s rights, including holiday pay and at least the National Minimum Wage. For the Uber drivers who are included in the claim, this ruling will mean that they will additionally receive compensation for Uber’s past failures to provide them with worker’s rights.

Can I join the claim if I no longer drive for Uber?

Claims can only be brought for drivers who have driven in the last 10 weeks.

How much compensation will I be entitled to?

The amount of compensation that you may be able to claim depends on a number of different factors. It is based on when you first became an Uber driver.

Will Uber deactivate my account for bringing a claim?

Due to the magnitude of the ruling, it is unlikely that Uber will deactivate your account. If this was to happen, you could have grounds to bring an additional claim against Uber due to it being unlawful.