This lawyer fought for FedEx drivers and strippers. Now she’s standing up for Uber drivers

Originally published May 27, 2015 (here)


Boston Globe

An exposé on Shannon Liss-Riordan and her legal work fighting for Uber workers; including substantive mentions of her work for FedEx drivers and strippers.

“I don’t believe this industry needs to be built on a system whereby the workers don’t need to receive any of the protections that we have a society [sic] that workers need to receive,” she said. “I just don’t know how Uber can argue with a straight face that as a $40 billion dollar company it can’t afford to insure its drivers, pay minimum wage or pay overtime, or be reimbursed for their expenses. This is not going to put Uber out of business.”

“Uber, like I have seen in a lot of these cases, is trying to argue that they are something different, that their drivers are something different. Just like FedEx tried to tell its drivers that. Just like strip clubs tried to tell their entertainers that,” Liss-Riordan said. “But the truth is that they’re not. They get in, they do the work and they’re told how to do it and they have these rules they have to follow and they’re evaluated on a real-time basis.”