University of Wisconsin–Madison

Flexible Work Without Exploitation: Reversing Tech Companies' State-by-State Agenda to Unravel Workers' Rights and Misclassify Workers as 'Contractors' in the Gig Economy and Beyond

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
Digital platform companies like Uber and Doordash consistently violate workers' rights by misclassifying them as 'independent contractors,' paying subminimum wages, and shifting primary risks and costs of doing business onto workers and consumers. This report examines how tech companies have worked to pass state-level preemption laws to protect their abusive labor practices from regulation by local governments. It also examines ordinances in cities like New York City and Philadelphia that establish minimum hourly wage for delivery and transportation drivers, stabilize working hours, and create mandatory take-home pay minimums.

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