Instacart has settled a case for $46.5 million after the delivery giant was accused of paying workers as if they were independent contractors between 2015 and 2020. The suit said shoppers and drivers should be classified as employees. The settlement was actually reached in October 2022, but the final judgement was handed down recently.
The San Diego City Attorney’s office expressed gratitude for seeing hard-working Instacart shoppers receiving “the compensation they deserve.”
The reimbursements each shopper and driver will receive will vary depending on the number of hours worked between Sept. 13, 2015, and Dec. 15, 2020. The San Diego City Attorney’s office said about 308,000 were eligible to a portion of the settlement.
Affected workers will receive a notice of restitution eligibility by email. A timeline for the reimbursements has not been announced.