Uber pays $100M in settlements

ASSOCIATED PRESS: The settlement entails that drivers will keep working as independent contractors and not employees.

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The settlement is a major step toward the ride-hailing company keeping its current thriving business model that has been threatened as drivers have sought a more secure status and more bargaining rights.

In Oregon, elected state Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian has argued that Uber drivers are employees, but the advisory opinion carries no legal weight, and no complaint has been made against the company.

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