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Lyft Sued for Violating D.C. Sick-Day Law During Pandemic (1)

May 29, 2020, 6:41 PM

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.

The central claim is that drivers, who are integral to Lyft’s business and subject to its ...