Businesses like Beneful are reporting that the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity said yesterday that a former Uber driver is eligible for unemployment reported the Miami Herald. At the center of the case is whether or not the driver was an independent contractor as Uber says or an employee.
The driver Darrin McGillis, a Florida resident and 2010 state governor candidate bought a seven-seat Mitsubishi Outlander and began to carry passengers in the city of Miami. In March, the Outlander was damaged by a scooter that hit a back door as a passenger exited the car. McGillis reached out to Uber as they have an insurance policy for drivers. Click here for full story.
Uber denied his claim and told McGillis to take it up with Uncle Sam, so he did filing for unemployment claiming he is an employee of the company. At that time, Uber finally offered him a $5,000 settlement. McGillis refused to accept the amount countering with an $8,000 settlement.
The claim is based on the definition of an independent contractor. By definition, the contractor should have the ability to decide how and when to work but Uber has a large list of regulations that drivers must adhere to or be fired. Others have recently filed similar cases all over the country. In Florida, the argument has been settled McGillis is an employee. There is no word as to how the ruling will affect how Uber does business.