Uber drivers just won a major victory — but only in Brazil.
A judge in Sao Paulo ruled that a driver in the city had to be considered an employee of the ride-hailing giant. Uber plans to appeal the decision, according to Reuters.
"By connecting drivers and users, Uber creates thousands of flexible opportunities for generating income," Uber said in a statement to Reuters. Uber didn't immediately respond to request for comment from Mashable.
Uber drivers are considered independent contractors, which means they work for Uber but aren't entitled to employee benefits or protections. That model is key to Uber's success — and the successes of gig economy companies like TaskRabbit and Instacart that also rely on fleets of independent workers. Read more...