The noose is tightening around Uber France. On Wednesday, for the first time, the Court of Cassation redefined the relationship between the platform and one of its drivers as an employment contract. For the highest French judicial jurisdiction, no doubt: the link of subordination which founds an employment contract does exist between the king of hybrid bikes and the plaintiff Maximilien Petrovic.
“The driver who uses the Uber application does not constitute his own clientele, does not freely set his prices and does not determine the conditions of performance of his transport service“Summarizes the Court of Cassation in a press release. For Uber, this is a big blow because the platform has based its business model on the employment of autoentrepreneurs. A cheaper mode of operation for the group because it avoids paying salary and employer charges.
However, this decision does not mean that the 30,000 Uber drivers will become employees with a magic wand. “Those who