Uber Still Has Work To Do After ’16 ADA Deal, Blind Riders Say
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.
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.
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?”
Lyft Driver Files Wage, Break Suit Under California ‘Deputy’ Law
A Lyft driver in California sued the ridesharing company for multiple wage and breaks violations, using the state’s unique law that deputizes employees to enforce workplace rules.
Lyft Sued for Violating Washington Sick-Day Law During Pandemic
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.
Klobuchar and Democrats push antitrust regulators to scrutinize Uber’s potential deal for Grubhub
Sen. Amy Klobuchar delivered a letter Wednesday to the country’s top antitrust officials – Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim and Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph Simons – urging scrutiny of Uber’s potential acquisition of Grubhub.
Uber Lyft Drivers Stage Protest Against Anti AB5
Industry Leaders Magazine
Uber and Lyft drivers staged a caravan protest surrounding Uber’s San Francisco headquarters, demanding that the ridesharing company not classify them as contract workers and comply with the AB-5 law that protects gig workers’ rights.
Editorial: California steps up the fight over gig work
LA Daily News
California has stepped up the politically contentious and economically consequential fight over the gig economy. Last week, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the state, joined by the city attorneys of Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco, filed a lawsuit against rideshare companies Lyft and Uber “for misclassifying their drivers as independent contractors in violation of the law.”
City commission urges new protections, support for gig workers
San Francisco Examiner
After conducting two surveys on gig workers and the impact of coronavirus on them, a city oversight commission is recommending new regulations for app-based services in San Francisco.
Recommendations include minimum wage, licensing, restrooms, rideshare co-op