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Sick of GIG Greed #NOonProp22 #SickofGigGreed

UBER AND LYFT MAKE US SICK

Breaking the Law

Why have Uber and Lyft pledged to spend $100,000,000.00 or more to re-write California law?

To create their own special loophole 
There is no question that Uber and Lyft are illegally classifying their employees as “contractors” to evade their obligations to their workers and all Californians.  But rather than listen to the legislature – and the Attorney General, the State Supreme Court, and cities across the state – these gig companies have gone all-in on a scheme to write their own law and create special exemptions that apply only to them.

To protect billions in shady profits
Why is this so important to Uber and Lyft?  Because by dodging taxes and cheating their workers they rake in billions in additional profits through their illegal labor scheme.  Now they’re trying to create a loophole just for them, but still large enough to billions of dollars to pass through.

To leave drivers with no protections
Drivers aren’t just being cheated out of money and job security.  Their safety is at-risk as well as Uber and Lyft deny workers paid sick leave, unemployment, and other benefits and protections that all employees deserve.

DoorDash Sued by San Francisco Over Claim It Illegally Classifies Delivery Workers as Contractors

Barron’s

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the food-delivery service DoorDash, asserting that the company “continues to illegally misclassify its delivery workers as independent contractors when, in fact, they are employees.”

https://www.barrons.com/articles/doordash-sued-by-san-francisco-over-claim-it-illegally-classifies-drivers-as-contractors-51592351477 

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Uber Rider Says ‘Toxic-Male Culture’ Led To Her Sex Assault

Law360

A California woman has accused Uber of fostering a “toxic-male culture” that prized growth above all else and ultimately led to her being sexually assaulted by one of the ride-hailing giant’s drivers last year, according to a suit filed in Los Angeles County court.

The woman, who sued anonymously on Monday, claims that an unnamed Uber Technologies Inc. driver assaulted her during a ride in Los Angeles County in May 2019. The incident caused her “unimaginable pain that persists to this day,” she said in the complaint. She says the ordeal was a consequence of Uber’s “greed and complete disregard for rider safety or the rule of law,” which she called “breathtaking.” 

https://www.law360.com/articles/1283576/uber-rider-says-toxic-male-culture-led-to-her-sex-assault 

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9th Circ. Urged To Revive Uber Fraud, Illicit Biz Practices Suit

Law360

A Texas retirement fund has told the Ninth Circuit that Uber is liable for investors’ losses resulting from corporate scandals and public relations mishaps, saying the ride-hailing giant falsely boasted about Uber’s regulatory compliance and overall financial health while downplaying rampant mismanagement.

https://www.law360.com/benefits/articles/1282666/9th-circ-urged-to-revive-uber-fraud-illicit-biz-practices-suit 

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Uber, Lyft Drivers Considered Employees Under New CA Law

Posted in: Breaking the Law

Law.com

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has decided that drivers working for ride-hailing services such as Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. will be considered employees as is depicted under California’s new gig worker law. The decision comes after a state law became effective that makes it more difficult for companies to classify workers as contractors as opposed to employees.

https://www.law.com/insurance-coverage-law-center/2020/06/12/uber-lyft-drivers-considered-employees-under-new-ca-law/ 

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California PUC rules that Uber, Lyft drivers are employees

Sacramento Business Journal

The California Public Utilities Commission in an order announced this week ruled that ride-hailing drivers with Uber and Lyft are employees under last year’s Assembly Bill 5, which categorized many independent contractors in California as employees.

https://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2020/06/11/california-puc-uber-lyft-drivers-employees.html 

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Uber Still Has Work To Do After ’16 ADA Deal, Blind Riders Say

Posted in: Breaking the Law

Law360

most four years after a settlement in which Uber Technologies Inc. vowed to address its drivers’ allegedly widespread discrimination against blind customers accompanied by service animals, that prejudice remains pervasive, advocates and riders said Wednesday, urging a California federal court to extend and modify the deal.

https://www.law360.com/articles/1282138/uber-still-has-work-to-do-after-16-ada-deal-blind-riders-say 

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Press Release: 6/10/20: BREAKING: Uber and Lyft Suffer Another Legal Blow Over Misclassification

Just weeks after Attorney General declared the companies’ misclassification illegal,
PUC’s decision is another massive blow to gig corporations’ effort to buy their own law on November ballot 

Sacramento — The California Public Utilities Commission ruled today that Uber and Lyft drivers are employees under California law, adding even more pressure on the companies to start following the law that requires them to pay legal wages, provide unemployment benefits, sick pay and safe working conditions to the drivers who have become essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Today’s ruling shows Uber and Lyft are violating the law just as they embark on a $110 million campaign to buy their own law this November,” said Art Pulaski, the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. “This deceptive ballot measure is nothing more than an attempt by gig companies to create a loophole to keep pocketing billions by avoiding the rules all other companies follow.” 

The San Francisco Chronicle’s report says the ruling marks a “significant development in the battle over drivers’ status.”   The ruling goes on to say that the PUC must ensure the gig companies comply with legal employment requirements, including providing workers compensation coverage. 

Today’s ruling comes just weeks after Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the city attorneys for San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego filed a landmark lawsuit after determining that Uber and Lyft had been breaking California law by misclassifying drivers as independent contractors since the companies began operating in the state.  

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Gig driver or Uber/Lyft employee? It affects unemployment benefits

San Francisco Chronicle 

Oakland resident Cherri Murphy, 53, has spent three years driving full time for Lyft in addition to her volunteer work as a social justice minister. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, “I was forced to make a decision: Do something that could kill me, or pay my bills?”

https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Gig-driver-or-Uber-Lyft-employee-It-affects-15321296.php 

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Lyft Sued for Violating Washington Sick-Day Law During Pandemic

Bloomberg

Lyft Inc. was sued by a former driver for not providing the paid sick days required by Washington, D.C., law, the latest challenge to the stance by ride-hail platforms that their drivers aren’t employees. By violating the sick leave law during the coronavirus pandemic, “Lyft forces its drivers into a Hobbesian choice: risk their lives (and the lives of their passengers) or risk their livelihoods,” according to the complaint, filed Friday in federal court on behalf of a class of current and former drivers.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-29/lyft-sued-for-violating-washington-sick-day-law-during-pandemic 

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