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New York Federal Court Allows Overtime Lawsuit by Car Service Drivers to Proceed

New York Wage Lawyer Marc Rapaport

Uber Pays Millions of Dollars to Settle Wage Claims

The never-ending stream of lawsuits brought by drivers against Uber has garnered widespread national attention during the past year. Uber has agreed to pay settlements that exceed $100,000,000 to resolve class action lawsuits alleging that it misclassified drivers as independent contractors. In these lawsuits, drivers from across the country allege that by misclassifying them as independent contractors rather than employees, Uber violated federal and state laws. Uber drivers have forced the company to fork over enormous sums of money for depriving them of overtime compensation, employee benefits, unemployment protections, and the right to be reimbursed for their out-of-pocket expenses.

Court Allows Overtime Claims of NYC to Proceed

Although the lawsuits against Uber have gathered the most press coverage, they are not the only wage cases brought by drivers against car services. In New York, where car service companies (sometimes referred to in NYC as “black car” services) have always played a much more dominant role in local transportation than in other cities, overtime lawsuits have also been filed against local and regional car services. Yesterday, the federal court in Brooklyn (Hon. Leonard D. Wexler) ruled that a lawsuit brought by drivers of Yellowstone Transportation, a local car service company, could proceed. The decision was issued in the case Gao v. Yellowstone Transp. In the lawsuit, a group of drivers assert that they were misclassified as independent contractors. The drivers assert that they were wrongfully deprived of overtime compensation in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York Labor Law.

Rapaport Law Firm: New York Overtime Attorneys

The New York overtime lawyers at Rapaport Law Firm have more than two decades of experience representing New York employees in overtime lawsuits. Attorney Marc Rapaport has successfully fought for the overtime rights of New York construction workers, building superintendents, fitness trainers, restaurant workers, car service drivers, car wash attendants, and workers in countless other occupations.

If you work long hours without being paid premium (time and one-half) overtime pay, call the New York wage lawyers at Rapaport Law Firm today: ph (212) 382-1600.

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