The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected the drivers’ petition for full court rehearing of the ruling in an order entered Thursday.
The drivers sued Lyft in March 2020, saying it violated the California Labor Code by misclassifying them as contractors rather than employees and consequently depriving them of certain wages and benefits, including paid sick leave.
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California subsequently denied the drivers’ request for an injunction requiring Lyft to provide them with sick pay during the Covid-19 pandemic, and granted Lyft’s motion to compel arbitration of the claims.
The drivers appealed to the Ninth Circuit, arguing that they should be able to litigate their claims in court because they fell within the Federal Arbitration Act’s exemption for transportation workers engaged in interstate commerce.
Judges Sidney R. Thomas, Consuelo M. Callahan, and Eugene E. Siler Jr., sitting by designation from the Sixth Circuit, were on the panel.
Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP and Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP represent Lyft. Lichten & Liss-Riordan PC represents the drivers.
The case is Rogers v. Lyft Inc., 9th Cir., No. 20-15689, 4/14/22.