Florida State Agency Declares Uber Drivers Contractors

Posted on December 4, 2015

Uber driver Delsa Bernardo, 54, is a former real estate agent and cafe owner. Bernardo has worked part-time as a driver for Uber in Miami for about eight months.
Uber driver Delsa Bernardo, 54, is a former real estate agent and cafe owner. Bernardo has worked part-time as a driver for Uber in Miami for about eight months.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has announced that Uber drivers are independent contractors, not company employees. Overall, the ruling, announced by the Deparment's executive director, Jesse Panuccio, is a big victory for the transportation network company, which would otherwise have to pay unemployment benefits for all its Florida drivers. 

The order comes after a lawsuit was filed by two former Uber drivers who applied for unemployment insurance earlier this year. Both were determined to be employees of Uber, which meant they were eligible for what is called reemployment assistance. Uber appealed the decision and won. 

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