As BusinessInsider reports, in SaoPaulo, Brazil - the nation's largest market - Judge Eduardo Rockenbach Pires ruled that a driver using the Uber app is an employee. Uber indicated it would appeal the decision.
As BusinessInsider notes:
"Pires ordered Uber to pay the driver 80,000 reais ($25,000), including compensation for holidays, contribution to a severance fund and 50,000 reais in 'moral damages' related to attacks from taxi drivers upset with Uber's competitive pricing model."
The Sao Paulo ruling mirrors what has been going on in courts in other nations, ranging from Switzerland to Britain.
Litigation is expensive. These court battles could wear Uber down financially. Meanwhile, it is being consumed with a widening scandal in the U.S. about its organizational culture. Those include allegations about sexual harassment and its own report on its lack of diversity. Concerning intellectual property, it is involved in litigation with Google.
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