Class Year


Document Type

Student Research Paper

Date of Creation

Fall 2021

Department 1



Uber is a part of the gig economy providing individuals with the opportunity to earn cash by completing rides through the Uber platform. These drivers are classified as independent contractors, but there is a discussion on whether they should instead be determined as employees. Employees receive different types of benefits than do independent contractors which is often thought of as a good thing, but this independent contractor classification may be what is saving millions of people from being unemployed. There are reasons why Uber would like to continue classifying drivers as independent contractors and there are consequences to both categories of classification. This area of research focuses on the desired flexibility among American workers in the United States and what roles they are looking to obtain by working as a driver for Uber. Given those desired roles, one will discover what will be lost if drivers begin to be classified as employees.


Written for MGT 405: Advanced Topics in OS