Uber and Lyft drivers are employees, Californian appeals court affirms
Friday, 23 October 2020 The battle over Uber and Lyft drivers' status saw a significant development Thursday. A Californian appeals court has unanimously upheld a ruling that the ride-hailing companies' drivers must be classified as employees, meaning they're eligible for healthcare, paid sick leave, and other such benefits.
A California appeals court has upheld an order requiring Uber and Lyft to treat their California drivers as employees instead of independent contractors, less than two weeks before voters will be asked to exempt the ride-hailing giants from the state’s gig economy law.
California voters have passed Prop 22, making ride-hailing drivers contractors instead of employees. Drivers can continue to dictate their own schedules and collect 120 percent of the state's minimum..