Nov 2018 | Foodora rider classed as employee and wins unfair dismissal case

Date: 16 Nov 2018

Source: The Guardian

Riders for the collapsed food delivery company Foodora have asked the federal government to sue the firm’s German parent after the administrators conceded the dispatchers were “more likely than not” employees.

On Friday, the Fair Work Commission also ruled a Foodora rider was an employee not a contractor, upholding a case of unfair dismissal and ruling the company should pay the worker $15,000 in compensation. The decision could have flow-on effects for other gig economy companies such as Uber, Uber Eats and Deliveroo.

Other riders – many of whom sustained injuries on the job – are pursuing the German company Delivery Hero for $8.5m in unpaid wages and workers’ compensation, and want the government to help.