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Amazon is in the dock again, with three US-based delivery drivers claiming the tech giant violated federal law by failing to ensure they earned the minimum wage. The action follows similar lawsuits recently, including a potential $100m payout from Uber for allegedly underpaying drivers and another by London cycle couriers. In all three cases, the claimants are also seeking employee status as a result of their working practices, including training, high levels of supervision and, in the case of the cyclists, uniforms. The Amazon case once again highlights the growing disharmony between employers and “independent contractors” in the so-called “gig economy”.

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