(Ap) – A driver for Uber, the company has been sued for misclassifying its drivers as independent contractors, hours after the California legislature voted to help the thousands of workers, and to enjoy all the benefits of the employees.
FILE PHOTO: A screen displays the logo of the company is Uber Technologies, Inc. on the day of the IPO on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, New York, USA, on 10 May 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
The proposed class action filed on Wednesday by the Uber driver, Angela, McRay seems to be for the first time in California’s senate this landmark legislation, which could have an impact on the workers in many industries, in addition to ride-sharing companies such as Uber Technologies Inc. UBER.(N).
Governor Gavin Newsom supports the proposed legislation, known as Assembly Bill 5 to take effect on Jan. 1) be able to change it before it gets to his desk.
McRay, a Pittsburg, Calif., resident who said that she has driven for Uber since November, 2016, criticized the company for having “publicly declared that he intends to be on the face of the statute, to continue to treat the drivers as independent contractors.
“This is a continuation of the law, constitutes a willful violation of the law of California,” the complaint said. McRay is seeking damages for the Uber drivers in California, as well as a command of their own supervisor.
Uber does not immediately respond Thursday to a request for comment.
As the Chief Legal Officer Tony West said on Wednesday that the law is not automatically part of drivers, but Uber could be “the harder the test, to the satisfaction of the referee and the judges.”
The law drew national attention because of the size of California’s workforce, of which a few of the hundreds of thousands of workers.
Labor groups and other supporters of the law have argued that it would be helpful to the long-suffering of the contractors, entitling them to coverage under the minimum wage and overtime pay laws, and provide greater access to health insurance, and the cost of the fees.
The law has also been criticized by trade groups and the ” gig economy,” the companies are dependent on employees as a result of the additional financial burden.
Assembly Bill 5 would have to consolidate to an end of 2018, the California Supreme Court decision that restricted where an employer may classify a workers as self-employed.
Uber, rival, Lyft, Inc. (“LYFT.And DoorDash have been pushing for a separate law to encourage the driver to pay, and the benefits of maintaining their self-employed status.
In March, Uber has agreed to pay a $20 million related to the settlement of a nearly six-year-old court case in California as well as Massachusetts drivers are about their ratings.
The case was McRay (v Uber Technologies, Inc., U. s. District Court for the Northern District of California, No. 19-05723.
Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Additional reporting by Daniel Wiessner; Editing by Nick Zieminski