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Independent Contractors or Employees? 2015 Survey Findings Regarding Attitudes Ride-Sharing Companies Uber & Lyft

“Disruption” is a term that is frequently used to describe companies that use technology and innovative business models to transform existing markets. The innovative business models that many of these market disruptors use raise questions about whether employees are classified as “independent contractors” or “employees.”  Lawsuits filed by drivers for ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft will determine whether drivers for these companies will be classified as independent contractors or employees.

Given that these lawsuits are likely to be resolved by juries, Bonora Rountree conducted a survey of 350 jury-eligible residents of California in November 2015 to measure public opinion about whether drivers for ride-sharing companies should be classified as employees or independent contractors.

Our findings are summarized as follows:

For more findings from our November 2015 survey, click here

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