Uber is sentenced by the labor court of Lyon to pay 17 million euros to 139 VTC drivers who wanted to reclassify the relationship that bound them into an employment contract

Uber has been ordered by the Lyon Labor Court to pay 17 million euros to 139 VTC drivers, their lawyer, Me Stéphane Teyssier, told AFP on Friday. “We had a fairly historic decision today. Uber was ordered to requalify the contracts of 139 drivers for an amount of 17 to 20 million euros,” he said, confirming information from the regional daily Le Progress.

The Lyonnais Uber drivers had seized the prud’hommes to requalify the relationship which bound them into an employment contract. The industrial tribunals, who rendered their decision under advisement, ruled “on the basis of well-established case law from the Court of Cassation of January 2020.

The Court of Cassation ruled that Uber drivers should be considered employees. It is not a surprise. It is the logical application of such case law,” said the lawyer.

Contacted by AFP, Uber, without disclosing the amount of the sum it will have to pay, announced that it was going to appeal. “This decision goes against the position widely shared by industrial tribunals and courts of appeal which confirm the independence of VTC drivers using the application, judging in particular that there is no work obligation, nor exclusivity vis-à-vis Uber or that the drivers remain completely free in the organization of their activity”, commented a spokesperson, contacted by AFP.

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