Judge rejects class-action bid in San Diego taxi case

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A California Superior Court judge recently denied class certification to a group of taxi drivers who claimed they were improperly classified as independent contractors rather than employees.

Judge Charles Hayes of the California Superior Court for the County of San Diego finalized a March 5 tentative order by ruling that the California drivers “failed to carry their burden in establishing an ascertainable class with a well-defined community of interests.”

According to Hayes, the evidence showed that the drivers faced individual issues and that each of their experiences were “unique to themselves.”

Liban Said Musse and five other drivers filed the suit in 2005 against Yellow Cab of San Diego, a consortium of related dispatching companies, as well as the past and current owners of the group. The drivers accused the companies of violating the California Labor Code by classifying them as contractors.

The drivers had sought to certify “all current and former taxicab drivers who drove a Yellow Cab of San Diego taxicab under a ‘lease agreement’ in San Diego county” since April 2001. 

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