Gig economy worker is not an employee; judge rules Grubhub driver is independent contractor

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A federal judge yesterday in San Francisco ruled a driver for Grubhub Inc. (NYSE: GRUB) — a human cloud, restaurant delivery platform — was classified correctly as an independent contractor, rather than an employee. US Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley handed down the decision in the US District Court, Northern District of California.

It’s a decision that could have implications for other parts of the gig economy that use independent contractors. It’s the first federal court to reach a verdict on whether workers in the gig economy are employees, Seattle University Associate Law Professor Charlotte Garden told The Seattle Times.

The lawsuit centered

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