In the fall of 2019, drivers from all over California worked together and lobbied to pass real reform for the rideshare Industry – California Assembly Bill 5 (AB5).
AB5 closed the loophole that Lyft and Uber were using to misclassify drivers as Independent contractors while denying us true independence. AB5 would force them to give us the benefits of labor rights & protections by classifying drivers as employees since they were treating us like employees anyway.
With this corrected classification, over 5,000 RDU drivers filed wage claims with the states labor commission for stolen minimum wages, unpaid overtime, sick days, and vehicle expenses. In August of 2020, the Labor Commissioner and the California Attorney General both sued Lyft & Uber for “committing wage theft by willfully misclassifying drivers as independent contractors instead of employees,” and are seeking to recover the losses that ALL DRIVERS in California had to endure from misclassification.