Gig Economy Companies Made Workers Arbitrate Disputes. Then Didn’t Pay Fees to Start Cases

December 3, 2019

In his San Francisco courtroom, U.S. District Judge William Alsup has berated lawyers for Google, Oracle, Uber and PG&E. Last week, an attorney for DoorDash found himself the target. The issue was the way the meal-delivery startup pushed its couriers into arbitration.

“Your law firm and defense law firms have tried for 30 years to keep plaintiffs out of court in employment cases. You’ve gotten a lot of success in the courts,” Alsup said. “So finally somebody says, ‘OK, we’ll take you to arbitration,’ and suddenly it’s not in your interest anymore, and now you’re wiggling around trying to figure some way to worm out of your own agreement.”

Read more at the San Francisco Chronicle

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*As of April 2022, the firm has changed its name from Keller Lenkner to Keller Postman.

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