Massachusetts’ top court says taxi drivers may be treated as independent contractors rather than employees. This ruling should come as no surprise since taxi drivers have been being paid and treated as independent contractors almost everywhere for decades.
The decision, reported by BetaBoston.com, is in response to a suit against traditional taxi companies. The report suggests that a different rule may apply to new wave companies like Uber and Lyft. Uber at least, is being sued in California, successfully so far, for denying employment benefits to its drivers. Uber has argued in response to that suit that its drivers — partners, it calls them– are also not employees.