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• The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon is being sued by three drivers who charge that "the company violated federal labor law by classifying them as contractors rather than employees. The drivers are seeking back wages, overtime pay and compensation for fuel, car maintenance and other expenses ... The lawsuit comes as Amazon is laying the groundwork for its own shipping business, which its executives have said will add delivery capacity, particularly during the peak holiday season. Amazon currently delivers its own packages from roughly 70 facilities, mostly built in the past two years, in 21 states."

The story notes that the drivers filing the suit "have all driven for a program called Amazon Flex, a smartphone app launched last year, through which drivers choose the shifts they want to work and schedule their own pickups. The program has expanded to nearly 30 metropolitan areas."
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