Bloomberg Law
Oct. 23, 2020, 3:45 AM

Uber, Lyft Hit With Bombshell Driver Ruling as Key Vote Looms

Joel Rosenblatt
Joel Rosenblatt
Bloomberg News

Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. face the gravest threat yet to their business models after an appeals court ruled they must treat their drivers in California as employees instead of independent contractors.

The bombshell decision Thursday comes less than two weeks before an election in which the ride-hailing companies are counting on voters to approve a ballot measure that would partially exempt them from the labor law at issue in the legal fight. If the vote doesn’t go their way, Uber and Lyft are threatening to shut down in their home state.

The ruling upheld a lower court’s order ...

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