ANNOUNCEMENT: We are suing @Uber and @Lyft for incorrectly classifying their drivers.
Billion dollar companies can’t choose which laws to follow. Visit our live press conference at 11 a.m. here: https://t.co/ONVUH6HNBr pic.twitter.com/Xlm7tv82Yn
– Maura Healey (@MassAGO), July 14, 2020
Healey’s office argues that the companies do not pass a three-part state law test that would allow them to classify drivers as independent contractors. They would have to prove that “the worker is free from their instruction and control; The services that the employee provides are outside the normal course of business. and the worker is typically in an independently established trade, profession or business that corresponds to the service provided to the party. “The AG̵
Despite various efforts to force companies to classify drivers as employees, Uber and Lyft have long defended their practice of treating them as independent contractors. They both suggested that drivers prefer to set their own hours and be free to work for multiple ride hail and gig working services. However, many drivers have complained about low wages and lack of protection and benefits. The AG office asked the drivers to weigh up the companies using a complaint form.
“At a time when the Massachusetts economy is in crisis with a record 16 percent unemployment rate, we have to make it easier and not harder for people to earn an income quickly,” said a Uber spokesman The edge. “We will contest this action in court because it contradicts what the vast majority of drivers want: to work independently. We are ready to work with the state to modernize our laws to give independent workers new protection while maintaining the flexibility they prefer. “
“This lawsuit threatens to stop the work of more than 50,000 people in Massachusetts at the worst possible time,” said a Lyft spokesman for the publication. “Drivers don’t want that – 89 percent of Lyft drivers in Massachusetts drive less than 20 hours a week and choose ridesharing options because they’re independent to make money in their free time. Across the country, drivers have stated that they want to remain independent contractors 4 to 1 apart. “