Legal Newsline: Massachusetts gig economy drivers resist employment, prefer independent contract status

“Most people doing Instacart or Uber have families but they cannot afford the cost of babysitting and daycare,” Namanda told Legal Newsline. “So, driving gives them flexibility. They are able to keep their families happy and bring some money on the table.”

But Attorney General Maura Healey sued Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. in Suffolk Superior Court last year seeking a declaratory judgment that Uber and Lyft drivers are employees under Massachusetts Wage and Hour Laws.

Healey seeks a determination from the court that Uber and Lyft drivers are employees, not independent contractors.

“If that happens, we are going to resort to seeking government benefits and staying home,” Namanda said.

That’s because being an employee won’t work for Namanda’s schedule.

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