Seeking Back Pay for Drivers in Doordash, Grubhub, Instacart, and Postmates Mass Arbitrations
Drivers for Doordash, Grubhub, Instacart, and Postmates are filing complaints against the companies for allegedly failing to treat them as “essential workers” during the COVID-19 pandemic, thereby failing to compensate them appropriately despite the critical role that they play in delivering essential goods, such as food, to consumers. Hence, the Essential Delivery Driver Class Action Investigation
Doordash, Grubhub, Instacart, and Postmates have offered essential food delivery services during the pandemic, thereby exposing their drivers to infection risks in the course of their job delivering meals to homes and businesses amidst local stay-at-home orders that kept Americans indoors.
Are you or a family member employed as an independent contractor delivery driver for Doordash, Grubhub, Instacart, and Postmates? Contact us today to see if you are entitled to join the Doordash, Grubhub, Instacart, and Postmates Delivery Driver lawsuit investigation.
What to Know About the Investigation
Oftentimes, delivery drivers are classified as independent contractors instead of employees which makes them entitled to but a few protections, one of which is a legal remedy. Their employment contracts contain a section that includes a class action waiver, prohibiting them from participating in a class action lawsuit but instead pursue arbitration outside of the court and in front of an arbitrator in place of a judge.
Arbitration rules are less rigid and are often called out for having clauses that seem to be one-sided and favors the company unfairly. Arbitration fees are also found to dwarf the value of the claims. That is why some attorneys find creative ways to use arbitrations to the consumers’ advantage, so they are given quick and efficient relief for their issues.
At the time of the pandemic, essential workers are those who keep the economy going with their work or services and include, among others, those who work in:
- grocery stores
- sanitation services
- health care
- “gig economy” workers who can deliver food directly to people’s doors
As food is an essential during pandemics, food delivery becomes a critical service, particularly for those with medical conditions and cannot go out because of their vulnerability.
Despite serving as essential workers, many drivers were not offered proper protection and safety equipment such as masks and hand sanitizers and were denied full pay for their mileage. This resulted in additional financial hardship on top of risks from exposure.
The lawsuit filed against Postmates states that “Plaintiff and the fellow couriers she seeks to represent have filled a critical, nay heroic, role in providing food delivery throughout the State of California, including to the most vulnerable members of our society.”
The lawsuits accuse the companies of:
failing to reimburse business expenses
pay overtime compensation
pay for all wages worked
provide meal and rest breaks as required by law
other employment law violations
If you or a family member work as an independent contractor delivery driver for the mentioned companies, you may be eligible to join the mass arbitrations lawsuit investigation.
Editor’s note on the Essential Delivery Driver Class Action Investigation:
This piece is written about the recent Essential Delivery Driver Class Action Investigation. If you are considered eligible to be among the class of consumers described in the class action lawsuit investigation, you may eventually be able to participate in receiving any compensation the court may award.
If you believe that what is alleged in the Doordash, Grubhub, Instacart, and Postmates Mass Arbitrations Lawsuit Investigation has affected you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
We’d be happy to help you take a step in the right direction, fight this issue, and better enable you to join in on any potential consumer class action. If interested, please send an email to Outreach@ConsiderTheConsumer.com, find us on Twitter or Facebook, or even connect with us directly on our website! We look forward to hearing from you all.
Similarly, please check out our current list of Class Actions and Class Action Investigations, here.
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