Voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 22 in November, allowing companies like Uber to continue classing drivers as independent contractors.
David Kangogo has tested positive less than a week after a passenger hurled racist abuse at him for being asked to wear a mask during a ride.
The driver, David Kangogo, told Newsweek the passenger started verbally abusing him after he asked him to put on a mask during the ride in Issaquah, Washington.
Uber, Lyft and other app-based work companies say the passage of Proposition 22 in California, which allows drivers to be classified as independent contractors instead of employees, will save the industry—and jobs. But not everyone's convinced it's a good deal for gig workers.
California voters approved a ballot measure allowing gig economy firms Uber and Lyft to continue to treat drivers as contractors, not employees. For labor activists, the battle is far from over.
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Both companies will be allowed to continue operating through at least October while an appeal is heard.
The injunction and the lawsuit are the most potentially damaging challenges to the companies' businesses so far.
In his 34-page decision, the judge wrote that Lyft and Uber had demonstrated a "prolonged and brazen refusal" to comply with California's Assembly Bill 5.
Travis Smith is accused of battery and child abuse after allegedly attacking the driver while a young boy was in the car.
Lyft drivers filed a class action suit asking to be classified as employees rather than contractors, in order to get health insurance during the coronavirus pandemic.
The outbreak of novel coronavirus is challenging common practices in the gig economy, with companies facing increased political pressure to offer workers sick pay if they need time off.
"The team member has not exhibited any symptoms, and is in touch with medical professionals," said a Lyft spokesperson in a statement.
"We didn't just want to improve on the car. We wanted to reimagine transportation as if the car had never existed," Cruise CEO Dan Ammann wrote in a blog post this week.
The driver said he feared for his life when he was threatened with a gun after realizing the man in his vehicle wasn't the one who had booked the ride.
Kate Lamothe, 24, has taken a plea and agreed to pay $350 in fines and court costs after stealing a vaping device from a Florida gas station in late July.
"Claims that their workers aren't central to their business [are] broadly recognized as a legal ploy rather than an accurate description of their workforce."
Ride-share companies are among the innovators who have built our new economy. But the system is truly broken. It's time to innovate in legislation too, and California can lead the way.
"I came out of a gay club, and your driver is racist against gay people," the passenger claimed.
The incident is the latest discrimination controversy to engulf ridesharing platforms.
Transport for London told the company in September 2017 that it would not renew its license over safety concerns.
CNN report highlights safety concerns for women using ride-hailing apps.
A driver's median profit is just $3.37 per hour, and, when including vehicle costs, 30 percent of drivers are losing money for every mile they drive.
Douglas Schifter took to Facebook to blame local politicians for his financial struggles as a livery cab driver.
Uber and Lyft warn New Year's Eve party-goers that surge pricing will be in effect during the holiday, but many U.S. cities will be offering free rides to those ringing in 2018.
Gigi Hadid said the right winger was a "f**king moron."