Amazon Prime Now delivery drivers sue over classification as contractors

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By John Ribeiro

Amazon.com has been sued by delivery drivers in a proposed class-action suit that alleges that the company misclassifies its workers as contractors rather than as employees with full benefits.

The lawsuit filed by four drivers in the Superior Court for the State of California, County of Los Angeles, is the latest in a string of similar lawsuits filed against tech companies, particularly those like Uber that offer app-based on-demand services through independent workers.

The on-demand model has been touted by many startups as an option that lets workers decide to work whenever they want to, though there has also been criticism that the companies use the model to avoid paying the workers a variety of benefits that they would have paid their employees, possibly including reimbursement for vehicle expenses.

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