Three On-Demand Food Delivery Services Hit With Lawsuits Over Worker Misclassification

GrubHub, DoorDash and Caviar can all deliver food to customers with a few taps and clicks on an app, and they all have something else in common — they’re each facing new lawsuits alleging that their delivery drivers are misclassified as independent contractors.

In echoes of an ongoing lawsuit against Uber in California for similar reasons, the complaints claim drivers are employees and as such, should receive certain benefits, reports the Chicago Tribune.

The complaints were filed in San Francisco Superior Court on behalf of the delivery drivers; the complaints against GrubHub and DoorDash are both class actions while the Caviar complaint is a demand for arbitration on behalf of a San Francisco driver.

In one of the complaints, the plaintiffs say GrubHub treated delivery drivers just like employees, except without providing any benefits, like reimbursements for gas, parking and phone data, overtime or paying them least minimum wage.

“For all of these cases, we’re also representing drivers individually, including filing individual arbitrations where necessary,” said the attorney who filed the complaints.

None of the companies offered a statement on the lawsuits.

GrubHub, DoorDash and Caviar face lawsuits over worker misclassification [Chicago Tribune]