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Judge Rules Proposition 22 Unconstitutional

Published on Aug 25, 2021 at 12:00 pm in News.

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A California rideshare driver submitted a lawsuit over Proposition 22. On August 20, a judge ruled Prop 22 unconstitutional. Rideshare companies plan to appeal the ruling.

Proposition 22 is the ballot measure that was passed to define the scope of employment for rideshare drivers and related gig workers as independent contractors. As a result, those people have fewer labor protections under state law. To pass Prop 22, companies like Uber and Lyft spent more than $200 million. The measure won with a 58% approval rating.

Last Friday, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch ruled the measure unconstitutional and unenforceable after three drivers and the Service Employees International Union filed a lawsuit.

One of the plaintiffs, Hector Castellanos, spoke about the legal matter and ruling to reporters: “The court ruling isn’t just about us drivers or Uber or Lyft. To me, it also means that corporations can’t spend their way out of following the law. There’s a lot to celebrate, and now I feel like I can breathe a little easier. Sometimes it’s hard to find the words to describe how much this means to me. But one thing for sure is that I’m excited to share this news with more drivers and continuing to speak out and to stand up for our rights.”

Drivers across the state are relieved that the proposition has been revoked, but rideshare companies are gearing up for a fight. According to Uber, it plans to appeal the decision and the measure will remain in effect pending the appeal: “This ruling ignores the will of the overwhelming majority of California voters and defies both logic and the law. You don’t have to take our word for it: California’s Attorney General Defended Proposition 22’s constitutionality in this very case. We will appeal and we expect to win. Meanwhile, Prop. 22 remains in effect, including all of the protections and benefits it provides independent workers with across the state.”

For more information on the latest rideshare industry news and Proposition 22 updates, click here to check out the Rideshare Law Group blog.