California sues Uber and Lyft over driver classification

California sues Uber and Lyft over driver classification

California and three of its largest cities have sued Uber and Lyft, accusing them of classifying their drivers improperly as independent contractors instead of employees. The suit was brought under a new state law intended to protect workers in the gig economy. The lawsuit argues that companies’ misclassification is aimed at evading workplace protections and withholding worker benefits.

Kathy
Kathy
ian
ian 3 months

This is ridiculous and california will loose this battle. Dormant commerce clause. If this goes to federal court then californias new law, forcing lyft/uber to have employees instead of contractors, will get shot down. Politicians think they know better than the people now days i guess.

Thelonius
Thelonius 3 months

I'm sure many Uber and Lyft drivers are happy about this and many are not. As an independent contractor, there's nothing stopping you from working two 14 hour days and binging Netflix for the rest of the week; or better yet working another job part time. That's exactly what I would've done in my 20s. As an employee you can't just work more hours if you want to make more money, nor can you just decide to take the day off to put 10 hours into FF7 remake. You can't just decide to take a 2 hour break to have a beer and watch some sports either.

ian
ian 3 months

I think lyft/uber could sight the dormant commerce clause as their defence? California just made a new law aimed at foring lyft and uber to hire their contractors as employees. Many of the contractors were mad because they like being contractors, so lift kept them as contractors. I think if it makes it to federal court it will get shot down for sure. The government doesnt have the right to get inbetween private contracts and fair agreements between people.

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