Judge pronounces judgment. Photo for illustration.Photo: iStock / Alexstar

Uber has been ordered in France to pay approximately 17 million euros in damages and lost wages to a group of drivers who felt they should have been treated as employees rather than self-employed. The lawyer of the 139 drivers who filed the case speaks of a “quite historic decision”. But Uber has already indicated that it will not leave it at that and will appeal.

In its judgment, the court referred to a judgment of the French Court of Cassation from 139. That then ruled that Uber drivers should be regarded as employees. According to the judge, this means, among other things, that Uber should take on work-related costs for its drivers, such as the purchase of a car and fuel. Also, the company, which totals about 20.000 drivers count in France, have to pay overtime.

Legal battle Uber faces similar lawsuits in numerous countries. The company is also involved in a lengthy legal battle in the Netherlands about whether drivers who drive for the company should be regarded as employees. In September 2021 the court in Amsterdam ruled in a case brought by the trade union FNV that this is the case and that Uber therefore also complies with the must keep. But Uber appealed and does not have to follow the ruling until that further legal process has been completed.

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