Friday, 21 August 2020 15:18

Lyft, Uber Granted Temporary Stay Within Hour of Announcing Suspending Services in CA

Written by Bethany Blankley, The Center Square


In May, the state attorney general sued Lyft and Uber, arguing they needed to provide benefits and change employment classifications.


San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ethan P. Schulman ordered Uber and Lyft to comply with the law.


Both Uber and Lyft maintain their drivers are self-employed independent contractors. They requested a stay, filed an appeal, and were granted a stay until Aug. 20. At roughly 12:20 p.m. PST, they were granted another stay.


Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi wrote in the New York Times that Uber isn’t opposed to paying for benefits. It simply could not afford to offer full-time jobs to every driver. In an interview with Vox, he said, "We can't go out and hire 50,000 people overnight."


While Uber and Lyft may have received a reprieve, other companies, and thousands of freelancer workers, have not.


After the bill passed, Vox released more than 200 California freelance writers.


The sponsor of AB5, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, tweeted of Vox’s layoffs, "I'm sure some legit freelancers lost substantial income and I empathize with that especially this time of year. But Vox is a vulture."


"These were never good jobs," Gonzalez also said. "No one has ever suggested that, even freelancers."


Faces of AB5 continues to post videos and stories of Californians who describe how the law directly caused them to lose work---and in some cases, their entire businesses.

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