DoorDash Sued by San Francisco Over Claim It Illegally Classifies Delivery Workers as Contractors
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.”
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.
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.
Brave: Corporations Stand In Solidarity With the Communities They Exploit
As protests and uprisings spread nationwide in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, corporations, elected officials, and police officers have tried to speak up in support of (and in opposition to) demands for justice.
Seattle City Council approves paid sick days for gig drivers during the coronavirus emergency
Seattle Times (WA)
The Seattle City Council voted unanimously Monday to require app companies such as Uber, DoorDash and others to offer their Seattle workers paid sick days as the use of home delivery grows during the coronavirus pandemic.
Seattle may mandate sick days, premium pay for gig drivers during coronavirus pandemic
Seattle Times (WA)
Every day at lunchtime, gig workers rush in and out of the noodle, dumpling and gyro joints that line University Way Northeast to grab meals ordered through online apps. During the coronavirus pandemic, their deliveries are keeping Seattle restaurants open and allowing customers to stay home.
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.
Democratic senators urge regulators to investigate Instacart over ‘tip baiting’
A group of Democratic senators on Friday sent two letters raising concerns over the tipping system for grocery delivery service Instacart. In a letter to the company, the lawmakers were critical of the service allowing buyers to promise large tips and then reduce them after the orders are completed, a practice known as “tip baiting.”