Gig economy employers can no longer afford to ignore the growing legal arguments on employment status, lawyers have warned, after Addison Lee became the latest organisation to lose a tribunal on the issue.
The Central London Employment Tribunal yesterday ruled that three drivers for Addison Lee should have been classified as workers, rather than self-employed, and were therefore entitled to rights such as the national minimum wage and holiday pay.
Helen Wolstenholme, employment barrister at 2 Temple Gardens commented: “Following similar cases brought against Pimlico Plumbers, Uber and CitySprint, this is another example of an employment tribunal seeing through bogus self-employment.
Tribunals are simply not prepared to see workers being deprived of basic rights. In cases like this, and many others that have preceded it, strong evidence has shown that workers are not in control but are, in reality, subordinate to their employer. Companies can no longer ignore this string of authorities. It’s looking like the curtains are closing on the gig economy.”