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USA: Voter-approved ballot measure classifying Uber, Lyft drivers as independent contractors in California is "unconstitutional", says judge

"Judge strikes down California ballot measure that protected Uber, ride-hailing services", 22 Aug 2021

A judge Friday struck down a California ballot measure that exempted Uber and other app-based ride-hailing and delivery services from a state law requiring drivers to be classified as employees eligible for benefits and job protections.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch ruled that Proposition 22 was unconstitutional.

Voters approved the measure in November after Uber, Lyft and other services spent $200 million in its favor, making it the most expensive ballot measure in state history.

Uber said it planned to appeal, setting up a fight that could likely end up in the California Supreme Court...

The Los Angeles Times reported that the lawsuit was brought by the Service Employees International Union and several drivers, but Roesch ruled that Proposition 22 is not just  unconstitutional but also unenforceable.

That’s in part because the law, Roesch wrote, infringes on the power of the Legislature explicitly granted by the state Constitution to regulate compensation for workers’ injuries...