Uber Drivers Sue in Wake of New California Labor Law (Corrected)

Sept. 12, 2019, 12:40 PMUpdated: Sept. 16, 2019, 4:28 PM

Uber Technologies drivers in California sued the company for widespread wage violations, in the wake of a nearly minted state law they say is specifically designed to end the ride-hailing giant’s practice of classifying the drivers as independent contractors rather than employees.

The California legislature had the ride-sharing service in mind when it adopted Assembly Bill 5, known as A.B. 5, to stop gig-economy companies from classifying their workers as contractors, the drivers say in their lawsuit filed Sept. 11 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has said he supports the ...

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