Instacart Employee Misclassification and Labor Law Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Closed

Closed Settlement Statement:

According to court documents, the claim submission deadline has passed. Please contact the claims administrator if you have any questions.

Case Summary:

Maplebear, Inc., which does business as Instacart, is settling a class action for just under $11 million. The complaint alleged that Instacart violated federal and California labor laws in a number of ways, by misclassifying employees as independent contractors, not reimbursing their business expenses, not paying wages and overtime, not providing meal and rest breaks, not providing accurate records of hours and pay, requiring false time statements, and improperly pooling tips, among other things.

Docket Number:


Company: Maplebear Inc.

Filing Deadline: February 21, 2020

Class Period: September 1, 2017 to May 9, 2019

Objection Deadline: November 14, 2019

Exclusion Deadline: November 14, 2019

Final Approval Hearing: February 21, 2020

Proof of Purchase:

If you agree with the records that Instacart’s records show for you, you do not have to provide proof. If you do not agree, you must submit a written signed Challenge along with documentation.


You may be eligible if you provided certain covered services for Instacart between September 1, 2017 and May 9, 2019. Covered services include such things as taking customer orders, preparing orders for delivery, or transporting the order from a store to the delivery location. 

Typical Settlement Amount:

Class members will be given one point for each hour of in-store services and two points for each hour of delivery work. Amounts will be in proportion to each person’s points. Payments for class members who did not agree to the arbitration in their independent contractor agreements will be calculated differently. See the Notice at https://www.grovesshoppersettlement.com/Content/Documents/Notice.pdf

Total Settlement Amount: $10,965,000

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:

$1,000, $5,000, $20,000

Law Firm:
Lichten & Liss-Riordan

Claim Form: Instacart Employee Misclassification and Labor Law Settlement Claim Form

Case Name: Groves et al. v. Maplebear, Inc. d/b/a Instacart

Settlement Website: Instacart Employee Misclassification and Labor Law Settlement Website

Claims Administrator:
Epiq Class Action & Claims Solutions, Inc.

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

Groves Shopper Claims Administrator
c/o Epiq
P.O. Box 4178
Portland, OR 97208-4178

Tags: Employment Violations, Failure to Allow for/Figure in Break Time, Misclassifying Employees as Independent Contractors, Overtime Not Paid at Overtime Rates