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California votes to exempt Uber and Lyft from classifying drivers as employees

Representatives from the gig industry have been advocating that workers deserve to be classified as full-time employees, rather than independent contractors, by companies like Uber, Lyft, GrubHub, and DoorDash. Standoffs between the two sides have been especially contentious on the coasts, both in New York City and San Francisco, where many of the rideshare companies are headquartered.

Rideshare drivers and workers across California refused to back down even as Uber, Lyft and DoorDash plowed a record $200 million into a deceitful campaign to strip workers of the essential protections they need now more than ever. The end of this campaign is only the beginning in the fight to ensure gig workers are provided fair wages, sick pay and care when they’re hurt at work.

The California legislature classified gig workers as employees in September 2019 as part of Assembly Bill 5 (AB5). It determined that rideshare drivers like those employed

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