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Uber wins appeal in Brazil, court says drivers are not employees – Source Reuters Tech News

FILE PHOTO: An Uber pick-up location is pictured in San Diego, California, September 30, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – A higher court for labor in Brasilia ruled on Wednesday that there was no employment relationship between Uber and its drivers, siding with the ride-hailing company against a Sao Paulo driver.

The judge ruled against recognizing an employer-employee link, arguing that Uber drivers could disconnect at any time from the app and have a flexible work schedule, the court said.

The ruling was welcomed by Uber, which said in a statement it supported dozens of previous decisions in Brazilian courts establishing that its drivers are not employees.

Uber had argued that its platform is a digital intermediary, not an employer, and that drivers accept that condition when they sign on.

Brazil is the second-biggest market for Uber after the U.S., and Sao Paulo is its top city by number of rides, ahead of a metropolis like New York.

The company said…

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