The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that an Uber drivers are to be classified as employee under state law and is entitled to unemployment insurance benefits, because the company exercised “total control” over how he performed his job.

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that an Uber Technologies Inc driver was the ride-hailing service’s employee under state law and is entitled to unemployment insurance benefits, because the company exercised “total control” over how he performed his job.

The court in a 5-2 decision on Friday said the driver, Donald Lowman, could not set his own rates or hire others to pick up passengers, so he was not self-employed and could collect unemployment despite working part time for Uber after he lost his job as a behavioral health specialist.