A federal judge has ruled that Uber Eats, Grubhub, and DoorDash must pay their delivery drivers a minimum wage of $18 per hour.

The ruling is a result of a debate over whether these drivers should be considered employees or independent contractors.

Many drivers claimed they earned less than the minimum wage after accounting for expenses like vehicle maintenance and fuel.

This decision could have a major impact on the gig economy, with more companies potentially reclassifying their workers.

Labor advocates see this ruling as a step toward better treatment, benefits, and stability for gig workers.

Uber Eats, Grubhub, and DoorDash will need to adapt their business models to meet the $18 per hour wage requirement.

Companies may increase delivery fees or reconsider pricing to balance affordability and profitability.

This ruling sets a precedent for the treatment of gig workers in various industries.

The gig economy faces changes as these platforms adjust to new legal requirements.

The ruling underscores the importance of fair compensation for all workers, regardless of their employment status.