Partner Don Schroeder was quoted in an article for HR Dive
, “Is This a #MeToo Moment for Gig Workers?
” about whether Uber’s decision to drop mandatory arbitration agreements for sexual assault and harassment claims is likely to have a big impact on other gig economy companies.
Apart from the public relations aspect of the move, Schroeder said he was confused by the decision, particularly given the case law supporting gig workers’ independent contractor status. “I think it was more of a face-saving attempt,” he said. “[Of] the things that companies in the gig economy are doing, some of them will have wide-scale changes. This isn’t one of them.”