Dispute in US court over the status of Uber drivers – economy

Driving service brokers Uber and Lyft face further uncertainty over the status of drivers in their home state of California. A judge declared invalid a referendum which appeared to have ended the long conflict over employment on such platforms. California voters struck down a local law in November that granted drivers or food delivery service drivers employee status. The corresponding “Proposition 22” received almost 60 percent of the vote at the time. After the referendum, drivers can still be classified as independent contractors. Alameda County Judge Frank Roesch, however, found Proposition 22 to violate the state’s constitution. Uber immediately announced that it would appeal.

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