If Uber loses an employment-classification suit, its drivers lose too

To the editor: According to the article, kitchen staff members of a pizza chain were forced to give back their overtime wages or lose their jobs. So lawyer Shannon Liss-Riordan, who's currently in legal battles with Uber and other sharing-economy companies over employment classification, files a lawsuit. ("Meet the attorney suing Uber, Lyft, GrubHub and a dozen California tech firms," Jan. 24)

She wins, driving the pizza chain out of business. And of course all of the kitchen staff members lose their jobs.

The article points out that Liss-Riordan doesn't charge an upfront fee. But also as pointed out in the article, class-action lawsuits can lead to hefty payouts to lawyers — and, in some cases, lost jobs for clients.

Liss-Riordan is also going after Uber over the voluntary agreements it makes with drivers. If Liss-Riordan prevails, that ride-sharing company could be driven out of business, causing Uber drivers to lose their jobs and customers to lose a convenient form of transportation.

But Liss-Riordan will have succeeded in causing more government bureaucratic regulations to be enforced.

Robert H. Biggadike, West Covina

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