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Uber Technologies Inc. drivers in the United Kingdom should be considered employees and have rights to minimum wage and holiday pay, a tribunal said in a ruling against the ride-hailing company.

Friday’s ruling—which Uber says it intends to fight—mirrors the familiar debate in the United States that has generated a mountain of worker-classification suits against Uber, Lyft Inc. and other sharing-economy companies.

How these questions are resolved will be consequential to gig economy companies that built their business on the backs of independent contractors, and to the workers who feel vulnerable without the rights guaranteed to an employee.

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