May 5, 2020

Uber and Lyft sued by California, accused of denying driver benefits

The state of California has sued ride-hailing firms Uber and Lyft, accusing them of denying their drivers paid sick leave and other benefits. The transportation giant and smaller rival Lyft had unsuccessfully opposed California's law when it was under discussion last year, saying it would reduce flexibility valued by drivers. Lyft said: "We are looking forward to working with the Attorney General and mayors all across the state to bring all the benefits of California's innovation economy to as many workers as possible". "The fact that Uber and Lyft communicate with their drivers by using an app does not suddenly strip drivers of their fundamental rights as employees." Uber and Lyft have also pushed Congress to include their drivers in the federal government's coronavirus relief, including expanded unemployment benefits.

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