A trial underway in a federal court in San Francisco could have a big impact on whether gig workers are classified as employees or independent contractors (Lawson v. GrubHub Holdings, Inc., N.D. Cal., No. 3:15-cv-05128, trial 9/11/17).

Former GrubHub food delivery driver Raef Lawson says he was an employee and the company owes him overtime and reimbursement for business expenses that he’d be entitled to under California law if he had been classified correctly. Lawson provided provided delivery...