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Classifying Drivers

Classifying Uber And Lyft Drivers As Employees Or Independent Contractors

Uber and Lyft offer individuals the opportunity to make money driving other people around in their own cars. This unique money-making opportunity has sparked a great deal of debate over the legal classification of Uber and Lyft drivers. Both Uber and Lyft attempt to classify their drivers as “independent contractors,” rather than as “employees.” The classifications of Uber and Lyft drivers as independent contractors or employees has significant implications with regard to personal injury litigation.

If you are an "employee" in the state of New York, you are protected under favorable New York State employment laws. The Division of Labor Standards enforces the New York State Labor regulations governing working conditions for employees, including:

  1. Minimum wages;
  2. Hours of work;
  3. Payment of wages; and
  4. Overtime.

In contrast, when an individual is classified as an “independent contractor,” the New York State Division of Labor standards are not applicable. Black's Law Dictionary defines an independent contractor as a “person who is asked to perform an action or job who maintains the control over the job.”

Confusion over the classification Confusion over the classification of Uber and Lyft drivers as independent contractors or employees has caused a conflict in the National Court system of the United States.

The Uber and Lyft companies argue that Uber and Lyft drivers are independent contractors. This, they argue, is because drivers can accept or deny rides at their will.

Others argue that because the Lyft company and the Uber company control ride fares and work performance, the Uber and Lyft drivers should be classified as employees.

Were you injured in a car accident caused by an Uber or Lyft driver? Or, were you injured in a car accident while riding in an Uber or Lyft? Contact the Dietrich Law Firm P.C., recognized as an American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys 10 Best Personal Injury Law Firm, today at 716-839-3939 for your free case consultation. We are available 24 hours per day and 7 days per week to help you if you were injured in a rideshare accident in Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Rochester or elsewhere in New York State. 

New York Has Ruled That Uber Drivers Are Employees

Recently, a New York State Department of Labor Appeals Board has ruled that Uber drivers should be classified as employees. The Board found that Uber supervises their drivers through their ratings and reviews. Therefore, the Board concluded, the Uber drivers should be categorized as employees rather than independent contractors.

Ruled It is important to note that this ruling may still be overturned in the coming years, and the argument over whether Uber and Lyft drivers should be classified as employees or independent contractors remains heated. The discussion of employee versus independent contractor status defines whether or not drivers should be entitled to Workers’ Compensation and unemployment benefits.

The unsettled status of the classification of Uber and Lyft drivers may be important to your case. Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C.'s team today for a free consultation to see how the status of the law might impact your ability to obtain monetary compensation for injuries caused by an Uber or Lyft accident. Jed Dietrich, Esq. is recognized as a New York Super Lawyer, and he and his team of highly experienced Uber and Lyft accident injury attorneys in Buffalo, New York will review your case and aggressively and tenaciously pursue the compensation that you are entitled to for your injuries. Contact us 24 hours per day and 7 days per week for the assistance that you need. There is never a fee until we WIN for you!


Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at 716-839-3939 so that our aggressive, tenacious and hardworking personal injury lawyers can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Buffalo, New York. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there is never a fee until we WIN for you!

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