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Uber settlement with drivers a victory for the ride-hailing company, expert says




Altamonte Springs, Fla., is helping pay for Uber rides that begin and end in the city. The city is the first in the country to partially subsidize Uber fares.
Altamonte Springs, Fla., is helping pay for Uber rides that begin and end in the city. The city is the first in the country to partially subsidize Uber fares.
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Uber drivers remain independent contractors — at least, for now. 

Last night came the announcement that the ride-sharing company settled major class-action lawsuits here in California and Massachusetts. 

U.S. District Court Judge Edward Chen must still sign off on the deal.

If approved, Uber will pay $84 million dollars to plaintiffs and another $16 million if the company goes public and meets individual goals. Roughly 385,000 drivers in the two states are expected to be part of the settlement. 

For more on what this announcement means, Take Two talked to Harley Shaiken, a professor specializing in labor issues at UC Berkeley. 

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