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Judge Defers to the Jury to Decide Status of Popular “Lyft” Drivers’ Status as Employees versus Independent Contractors

On March 11, 2015, a federal court was asked to decide, as a matter of law, whether Lyft drivers are “employees” or “independent contractors” under California law.  The matter is Cotter v. Lyft, Inc., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 30026, No. 13-cv-04065-VC (N.D. Cal. Mar. 11, 2015).   The “answer is of great consequence for the drivers,…