Legal Liability And The Gig Economy

Assignment Guide and Expectations

Assignment 3 – Legal Liability and the Gig Economy 


Recommend 3-4 pages


This is not a research paper on what has been happening with Uber. Remember to answer the specific questions of the assignment.


Cover page (Interoffice Memo Style)


TO: Professor Lori Baggot

FROM: Your Name Here

DATE: The date here

1. Summarize the main principles of agency law as they relate to Uber’s relationship with its drivers. (30%)


Foundation from reading Chapter 16 – Jennings, Marianne. (2018). Business: Its Legal, Ethical, and Global Environment (11th ed.). Mason, OH: Cengage Learning.

· Examine the Principal-Agent relationship in Chapter 16.

· Discuss the duties and responsibilities of a Principal and an Agent.

· Are Uber drivers Agents? If yes, why. If no, why not?

· Review the law regarding Uber drivers as employees and as independent contractors


2. Analyze the circumstances under which Uber might be liable for the conduct of a driver who, while intoxicated, caused an accident involving personal property damage and bodily injury.



· Explain the law and liability of a Principal for an Agent’s tort.

· Clearly state whether Uber should be held liable for the drunk driver. If yes, why? If no, why not?

· Use the textbook to establish the type of relationship between Uber and its drivers, and to support the conclusion of liability.

· Explain the civil remedies the injured passenger could seek in court.


3. Identify the steps Uber should take to limit its legal exposure for the conduct of its drivers.

(30 %)

· This is your recommendation section.

· What type of legal exposure is being limited?

· Identify legal step Uber can take to limit its legal expose.

· Think about the Principal-Agent relationship, the Employer-Employee relationship and the Independent Contactor relationship. Which relationship would limit Uber’s exposure and why?

· Apply cases from your textbook to support your recommendation.


Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment and follow Strayer Writing Standards for citing sources.

(5%) Quality resources are course textbook, published books, academic journal articles, case law and expert reports. Be sure to include a Source Page and follow SWS. Wikipedia is not a valid source for this paper.

Reference page examples per SWS


1. Michael Harvey. 2013. The Nuts & Bolts of College Writing. p. 1.


2. William R. Stanek. 2010. Storyboarding Techniques chapter in Effective Writing for Business, College and Life. http:// ds-live&scope=site&ebv=EB&ppid=pp_23 3.


3. Zyad Hicham. 2017. Vocabulary Growth in College-Level Students’ Narrative Writing. login?url= aaf81420&site=eds-live&scope=site


Please review how to cite your references per Strayer Writing Standards link in Blackboard. The following citation will not be accepted: citing a website only as:


 Clarity, writing mechanics, and formatting requirements


Suggestion on Dos and Don’ts




· Start your Assignment early (Do not wait to start 48 hours before the Assignment is due).

· Remember to discuss and elaborate in your paper.

· Discuss each question equally – for example do not write 2 pages for question 1, and 2 sentences for question 3.

· Your discussion should be based on your research of the law and facts.

· Ensure you submitted the correct paper.

· Use the help provided to you such as Grammarly and the online tutor.





· Do not write an announcement in your paper, for example, “In this paper I will discuss the law on agency.” This may increase your SafeAssign score.

· Do not write about your personal experiences in your paper.

· Do not use irrelevant diagrams, charts or pictures in your paper.

· This is not a research paper on UBER the company. (Assignment is testing you on your knowledge of Agency Law and Scope of employment and liability for negligence versus intentional torts of employees. 

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