In the fall of 2019, drivers from all over California worked together to push for 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.
As an effort to get the state to enforce the new law and get back money owed to them by the companies, an unprecedented 5,000+ RDU drivers filed wage claims with the CA Labor Commission for stolen wages, unpaid overtime, sick days, and vehicle expenses under California law, claiming in total over $1.2 billion in stolen wages and damages. In August of 2020, the Labor Commission, along with the California Attorney General and three California cities (San Francisco, LA, and San Diego) sued Lyft & Uber for “committing wage theft by willfully misclassifying drivers as independent contractors instead of employees.” Those entities are seeking to recover the losses on behalf of ALL DRIVERS in California - and all drivers that drove up to four years before those suits are covered by those suits. Our individual claims got wrapped up into that suit.