July 31, 2018 11:42 am
Updated: July 31, 2018 12:56 pm

SkipTheDishes target of class-action lawsuit by Winnipeg driver

A Winnipeg driver for SkipTheDishes is suing the company on behalf of other drivers across the country.

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SkipTheDishes is known for delivering users’ favourite food to their doors, but now, the online service is being served a class-action lawsuit.

Charleen Pokornik has been a driver for the company since November 2016. On July 25, she filed a suit on behalf of drivers working in the eight provinces Skip operates.

According to the statement of claim, Pokornik said drivers should be classified as employees, and receive benefits like vacation, overtime and minimum wage.

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Instead, the company calls its drivers independent contractors and treats them as such, the claim reads.

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Pokornik’s suit argues SkipTheDishes breaches legislation governing acceptable employment standards across Canada in doing so, and claims drivers have suffered damages and losses as a result of the improper classification.

“This matter is before the courts and we look forward to responding through the appropriate channels,” said a spokesperson with SkipTheDishes.

Last week, competitor Uber Eats announced it would begin operations in Winnipeg in August​.

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