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31 Mar 2020

Ethan Baron, SiliconValley.com (USA)

USA: Uber and Lyft sued for endangering the public during COVID-19 crisis

"Coronavirus: Lawsuits claim Uber and Lyft endangering public", 13 March 2020

Lawsuits just filed against ride-hailing leaders Uber and Lyft allege the companies are endangering the public in California during the coronavirus outbreak by not following state law which requires that employees receive paid sick leave..

“Faced with a choice of staying home without pay and risking losing their access to their livelihood, including housing, food, and other necessities of living, (Uber and Lyft) drivers across California will continue working and risk exposing hundreds of riders who enter their car on a weekly basis to this deadly disease,” the nearly identical lawsuits alleged...

...Uber this week said drivers would be eligible for sick pay if they provided proper documentation of being diagnosed with coronavirus, placed into quarantine, asked to self isolate, or have been removed from Uber’s drivers’ app for 14 days at the direction of a public health organization. Lyft this week said it would “provide funds to drivers should they be diagnosed with COVID-19, or put under individual quarantine by a public health agency.”...

...Both ride hailing companies have long maintained that drivers are not employees and have continued to mount legal and political challenges to AB-5, the state law that reclassified contract workers as employees...