Uber is Sued Over Resistance to California ‘Gig’ Employment Law

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Drivers in California and many other states, such as New York, have lobbied for better pay and benefits from ride-hailing companies [Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP]

Reprinted from The New York Times by Reuters on September 12, 2019.

A driver for Uber has sued the company for misclassifying its drivers as independent contractors, hours after California legislators voted to help thousands of those workers become, and enjoy the benefits of being, employees.

The proposed class action filed on Wednesday night by Uber driver Angela McRay appears to be the first since California’s senate passed landmark legislation that could affect workers in many industries, in addition to ride-sharing companies such as Uber Technologies Inc.

Governor Gavin Newsom supports the proposed law, which is known as Assembly Bill 5 and would take effect on Jan. 1, though it may undergo changes before it reaches his desk.

McRay, a Pittsburg, California, resident who said she has driven for Uber since November 2016, faulted the company for having “publicly stated that it intends to defy this statute,” by continuing to treat drivers as independent contractors. …

NY Times 9/12

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