Many drivers choose a life on the road as independent contractors because of the promise of freedom and the ability to work for themselves. In reality, some California drivers may be misclassified and should perhaps be employees instead of contractors. Independent contractors from Uber and Lyft are hoping that a jury will be able to settle their employment dispute over their classification status.
In general, there are two classifications of employees in California: exempt and non-exempt. Those who are exempt employees do not benefit from overtime and are usually compensated with a salary, as opposed to an hourly wage. Other employees are non-exempt and should receive payment for their overtime. The improper classification of workers can ultimately lead to an employment dispute from disgruntled workers who feel that they are entitled to being paid for their overtime hours.
Most employees enjoy their jobs and are lucky enough to have a good relationship with their employers. They are fairly compensated for their work according to an agreement between them and their companies. Unfortunately, there are those who are not so fortunate. A group of California healthcare workers are currently in an employment dispute and have accused their employer of several violations relating to fair compensation.
Sterling, a nationally recognized jeweler, is facing a number of legal woes. Employees have filed complaints with allegations of sexual discrimination. The lawsuit may end up having over 40,000 women in California and throughout the country involved in the employment dispute.