Ola drivers' claim
Leigh Day is acting for Ola drivers who may be entitled to thousands of pounds in compensation.
Ola drivers currently work under contracts which state that drivers are “independently self-employed”. We are arguing that this is false and that Ola drivers are in fact workers.
Workers are entitled to certain rights and protections, including holiday pay and the right to receive at least the National Minimum Wage.
If we are successful, we will claim compensation for Ola’s failure to pay holiday pay and for underpayment of the National Minimum Wage.
How do I join the claim?
If you have driven for Ola in the last 10 weeks, you may be eligible to join the claim.
It only takes a few minutes to check your eligibility and sign up – just click on the button below and enter your details.
Join the Ola drivers' claim
Sign up to the Ola drivers' claim here
If I win my claim against Ola, how will I be compensated?
We estimate that Ola drivers may be entitled to thousands of pounds in compensation for unpaid holiday pay and failure to pay the National Minimum Wage.
Your claim will be on a “no win, no fee” agreement. This means that you will not be left worrying about how you’ll pay for the claim. You will pay nothing upfront.
If your claim is successful and you are entitled receive compensation, you’ll know in advance exactly how much we need to deduct (25% plus VAT of the compensation figure). The rest will be yours to keep.
STEP 1: UNDERSTANDING THE OLA DRIVERS’ CLAIM
Ola drivers currently work under contracts which state that they are independently self-employed. Self-employed contractors are not entitled to any workers’ rights.
We are arguing that due to the way in which Ola drivers work in practice, they are workers rather than self-employed contractors.
Workers have the right to receive benefits including paid holiday and to be paid at least the National Minimum Wage. We are bringing claims on behalf of Ola drivers to ensure they can access these benefits and protections.
We previously represented thousands of drivers in a similar worker status claim against Uber. In 2021, the Supreme Court ruled that Uber drivers were workers and were therefore entitled to receive holiday pay and the National Minimum Wage.
Given the similarities in how Uber and Ola drivers work, we believe there is a strong case that Ola drivers should also be classified as workers and receive compensation for unpaid holiday and shortfalls between their pay and the National Minimum Wage.
STEP 2: QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CLAIM?
We understand that you may have some questions about the process.
To make the whole process easier, we have set up a dedicated area for Ola drivers to find out more information about the claim and to sign-up. We’ve also created some helpful resources to help you understand the Ola drivers’ claim:
- You can check out our FAQs page for answers to the most common questions about the claim; a great place to get answers quickly.
- We do not act for big corporations; we act for individuals. Want to know who we are? Read our About Us.
STEP 3: SIGNING UP TO JOIN THE CLAIM
Anyone who has driven for Ola in England, Scotland or Wales within the last 10 weeks may be eligible to join the claim.
To start your claim, you simply need to:
- Provide basic personal and eligibility details; and
- Agree to the terms and conditions.
You can do so via our secure online form, or you can speak to one of our friendly team members by phone.
How much will it cost to sign-up?
The claim is ‘no win, no fee’ meaning that you pay nothing upfront or if your claim is unsuccessful, as long as you abide by the terms and conditions.
If you succeed in your claim, our fee will be a percentage of your compensation (25% plus VAT).
After we have assessed your eligibility and you have agreed to our ‘no win no fee’ agreement, you will be part of the claim; it is that simple!
STEP 4: YOUR SOLICITOR STARTS YOUR CLAIM
Once you have signed up to the claim and agreed our terms, that’s when we (Leigh Day) get to work.
- You will receive a confirmation email from us letting you know that you have successfully signed up to the claim.
- We will notify ACAS of your intention to start proceedings and then submit your claim to the Employment Tribunal.
- Once your claim has been submitted to ACAS, you will receive periodical updates from Leigh Day, so that you are kept informed every step of the way. Our communications will include:
- requests for further information to support your claim;
- regular claim updates; and
- news on any major developments affecting your claims.
Important to note: An employment claim has several stages to work through so it can take a long time, years in many cases, to conclude. Where possible, we will be claiming for losses incurred during the entire time that you have driven for Ola. The amount of compensation we claim on your behalf will therefore continue to increase as the claim progresses, as long as you are still a driver for Ola.
STEP 5: WHAT HAPPENS IF WE WIN OR LOSE?
If your claim is successful, you will receive a sum of compensation. Find out more about this in our FAQs section. From that, you’ll need to pay the agreed fee of 25% plus VAT for the services we have provided.
If your claim is not successful, you will not need to pay anything under our ‘no win no fee’ agreement, provided you keep to the terms of the agreement
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We do not act for big corporations; we act for individuals. Our aim is to ensure that Ola drivers receive the workers’ rights they deserve.
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What is the claim about?
Ola drivers currently work under contracts which state that they are independently self-employed. Self-employed contractors are not entitled to receive paid holiday or the National Minimum Wage.
Due to the way in which Ola drivers work in practice, we believe that they are in fact workers, rather than self-employed contractors.
Our leading employment and discrimination lawyers believe now is the time to challenge this unfair treatment. If successful, Ola drivers may be entitled to thousands of pounds in compensation.
In order to join the claim, you must have driven for Ola in the last 10 weeks.
Joining the claim is straightforward and only takes a few minutes. You don’t need to provide any documents to find out if you can join the claim.
If the claim is successful, we think that drivers may be entitled to thousands of pounds in compensation. The more you have worked for Ola, the higher your compensation is likely to be.
The total amount of compensation will be calculated based on data from Ola and your financial documents, such as your bank statements and receipts. You do not need to provide any documents in order to sign up to the claim.
We are claiming:
- Backpay for unpaid holiday (we will be claiming holiday pay for the entire period you have worked for Ola).
- Compensation if you’ve been paid less than the National Minimum Wage.
Only drivers who join the claim will be eligible to claim compensation.
Our sign-up process is as straightforward and transparent as possible. It only takes a few minutes to find out if you are eligible to join the Ola claim.
We don't need you to provide any additional documents to check your eligibility. The full terms for joining the claim are set out in our Damages Based Agreement – which you can review after checking your eligibility.
Frequently Asked Questions
We think that Ola drivers may be entitled to thousands of pounds in compensation, depending on how much work you have done for Ola.
We are claiming:
- Backpay for unpaid holiday
- Compensation if you received less than the National Minimum Wage
We will calculate your compensation using data from Ola, as well as your financial documents such as bank statements, your tax returns/accounts and receipts.
If you are successful in your claim, we will deduct 25% plus VAT from your compensation for our legal fees.
If you lose, you will not have to pay Ola’s legal fees, unless there are exceptional circumstances, such as if you behave in a vexatious, abusive, disruptive or otherwise unreasonable manner, or ignore an order of the Tribunal.
Yes, you can still join the claim if you have driven for Ola in the last 10 weeks.
Ola should not penalise its drivers for bringing a legal claim.
If Ola deactivated your account or changed the conditions of your work because of your legal claim, you may be entitled to additional compensation.
If you join the Ola drivers’ claim and then stop driving for Ola, or if Ola deactivates your account, you should update our team via email OlaDrivers@leighday.co.uk and let us know the date you last drove for Ola.
Leaving Ola will not affect your ability to continue with your claim.
We see no reason why you should have less flexibility as a worker than as a self-employed contractor.
Ola simply needs to allow its drivers to take holiday and to pay them for this, in the same way that any worker is entitled to paid holiday. Ola also needs to make sure that the rate it pays its drivers is high enough that you receive at least the National Minimum Wage once you take into account expenses, like petrol.
You would not need to have a fixed working pattern or a set number of working hours for Ola to calculate your holiday pay and the National Minimum Wage.
No, you do not need to provide any documents to join the claim.
Once you join the claim, we will contact you with further information. During the course of the claim, we may ask you to provide documents to support your claim, such as documents which may assist us in calculating your compensation. We will contact you if we need anything from you.
Leigh Day represented thousands of drivers in a worker status claim against Uber.
In 2021, the Supreme Court ruled that Uber drivers were workers, rather than self-employed contractors.
Given the similarities in how Uber and Ola drivers work, we believe that Ola drivers also have a strong claim that they should be classified as workers and receive holiday pay and the National Minimum Wage.
Join the Ola Drivers' claim
Sign up to the Ola Drivers' claim here