San Diego Can’t Force Instacart to Reclassify Workers

Feb. 4, 2020, 7:53 PM

Instacart beat back a bid by the San Diego City Attorney to block the gig-economy company from continuing to classify its workers as independent contractors, instead of employees, on the grounds it violates California unfair competition law, after a California state court declined Tuesday to grant emergency relief in the case.

Instacart is “pleased with the court’s decision” to deny City Attorney Mara W. Elliott’s request for a temporary restraining order, the company said.

The City Attorney’s Office looks forward to “judicial review of Instacart’s exploitation of its workforce,” a communications representative said.

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