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Why we think Bolt drivers will win their case for backpay

On 19 February 2021, the Supreme Court ruled that Uber drivers are workers, not self-employed contractors. As a result of this ground-breaking case, Uber was forced to pay its drivers backpay and the correct wage going forward. The decision had much wider repercussions as it opened the way for other drivers to come forward and make similar claims. 

For example, lawyers have now launched a class action to help Bolt drivers change their employment status and claim back the wages they should have received. If successful, Bolt drivers could receive thousands of pounds in backpay.

Here are some of the reasons why we think Bolt drivers will win their case:

Legal trends and precedents

There is a growing trend towards recognising gig economy personnel as workers to ensure they receive fair treatment and protections. Legislative changes and policy discussions in many countries are increasingly supportive of reclassifying gig workers, reflecting broader societal and governmental recognition of the need for fair labour practices.

What’s more, courts have already ruled in favour of gig economy workers seeking worker status, setting important precedents. For example, the UK Supreme Court ruling in favour of Uber drivers in 2021 provides a strong precedent that can be cited in similar cases, including the one being made by Bolt drivers.

Nature of the work

The nature of the relationship between Bolt and its drivers often resembles that of an employer and employee more than an independent contractor arrangement. Factors such as control over working hours, fare setting, and driver deactivation policies indicate a level of control consistent with employment.

The courts use specific tests to determine employment status. These tests consider factors like control, dependency, and the provision of equipment. If Bolt drivers can demonstrate that they meet the criteria used in these tests, they are more likely to be classified as workers.

Lack of autonomy

Independent contractors typically have a high degree of autonomy in how they perform their work. However, Bolt drivers must adhere to very tight rules and standards, use the Bolt app, and accept a significant degree of monitoring and performance evaluation. This lack of autonomy supports their case for worker classification.

When these factors are taken together, it becomes clear that drivers are very tightly controlled by Bolt. This was a key factor in the successful case against Uber.

Why should Bold drivers do now?

Lawyers have launched no-win no-fee group action claims to hold Bolt to account for underpaying its workers and get back what they are owed. If you are not sure if you have a claim, we provide instant clarity.

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