LONDON—Uber Technologies Inc. said a court ruling that found drivers were employees of the car-sharing service was “perverse,” saying the workers didn’t have contracts and so shouldn’t benefit from pay and vacation policies.
The San Francisco-based company is appealing the October decision by a three-judge tribunal that gave U.K. drivers the right to overtime and holiday pay, threatening how firms treat workers in the country’s burgeoning gig economy.
The case, brought by two drivers, was the first against the company in Britain and could have ramifications for thousands of drivers there. Uber attorney Dinah Rose said Wednesday that the drivers didn’t have a contract with Uber, which was acting as an agent, not an employer. In their October decision, the judges criticized Uber for sticking to “faintly ridiculous” arguments that it is an application provider rather than a taxi service.