University of Wisconsin–Madison

Rigging the Gig: How Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash’s Ballot Initiative Would Put Corporations Above the Law and Steal Wages, Benefits, and Protections from California Workers

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State
State(s) California
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Economic Justice
In California, Uber, Lyft, Instacart, DoorDash, and Postmates workers are all classified as employees under California law entitled to the same benefits and protections enjoyed by all California employees. However, these companies are funding a ballot initiative – Proposition 22 or the “Protect App-Based Drivers and Services Act”– that would grant app-based transportation and delivery companies a complete exemption from AB 5, freeing them from complying with California’s labor laws. Thus, their workers would be unprotected and companies would be allowed to avoid paying for overtime, discriminate on the basis of immigration status, deny workers health or income protections if they are hurt on the job, and prevent workers from accessing paid leave. This report urges voters to reject Proposition 22 to protect workers’ health, safety, and dignity.

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