France recognises Uber driver’s rights in blast to ‘gig economy’

The ruling could have ramifications for France’s ‘gig economy’, which leaves workers sans benefits such as sick leave.

France’s top court has recognised the right of an Uber driver to be considered an employee, in a ruling that could upend the United States firm’s business model and potentially require it to pay more taxes and provide its drivers benefits, such as sick leave.

The move comes as the coronavirus outbreak spreads through Europe and North America, where the ride-sharing app is very popular. 

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