SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Did you work for Instacart in California between September 13, 2015 and December 15, 2020? If so, you will soon receive a refund.
The money comes from a $46.5 million settlement from a lawsuit filed against the grocery delivery app giant in 2019.
The case was negotiated by San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliot, who argued that the multi-billion-dollar company failed to pay its customers and drivers what they owed.
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The lawsuit says the San Francisco-based company misclassified its workers as independent contractors when they were considered employees.
Now, millions of dollars in Instacart funding are ready to be distributed. The attorney general’s office announced last week that digital payments are expected to begin soon.
About 125,000 people are eligible for these reimbursements.
“We’re fighting hard to make sure Instacart workers in California get paid what they’re owed, and we want to make sure they’re in line for those payments,” Elliott said. “They should be receiving checks as soon as this week.”
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The attorney’s office said the payments will be sent from settlement administrator Simluris. The amount of the payments will be based on the number of hours worked by each person during the more than five years covered by the lawsuit.
For the most active workers, Elliott’s office said individual reimbursement payments could exceed $10,000.
Under the terms of the settlement, Instacart — an app-based company that offers same-day grocery delivery — admitted no wrongdoing.