Jan 02, 2019
By Amber Gero
A proposed class-action lawsuit against the ride-hailing service Uber has been given the go-ahead by Ontario’s top court.
The Ontario Court of Appeal reversed a lower court ruling that would have seen a dispute between an Uber driver and the company go through arbitration in the Netherlands.
The lawsuit however claims Uber drivers are not contractors, but employees of the company and are thus subject to Ontario’s labour laws.
The three judge panel concluded that Uber chose the clause ” in order to favour itself and thus take advantage of its drivers,” who would have to fork over up to 14-thousand-500 dollars U-S in filing fees just to begin the arbitration process.