California judge rules gig worker initiative utilized by Uber and Lyft is unconstitutional

  • Date: 08/20/2021

A California judge ruled Friday that the costly and controversial 2020 ballot measure exempting firms like Uber and Lyft from having to classify their gig workers in the state as employees rather than as independent contractors is unconstitutional.

Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Instacart and Uber-owned Postmates bankrolled Proposition 22, or Prop 22, with more than $200 million, underscoring how important its passage was to the future of their businesses.
But in a major blow to the companies, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch found that "the entirety of Proposition 22 is unenforceable" because a section within the measure "limits the power of a future legislature to define app-based drivers as workers subject to workers' compensation law" and "is not severable" from the rest of the measure.
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