Rideshare drivers across the country have been battling for employee classification and the benefits that come with that status. Now, lawsuits against Uber and Lyft are being re-upped with the argument that the coronavirus means judges should act now.
In California, labor attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan filed an emergency complaint against each company. That added to existing cases in Massachusetts on behalf of rideshare drivers. The plaintiffs are asking judges to issue emergency injunctions that would force Uber and Lyft to comply with state employment classification laws. In most cases, this would result in paid sick leave for drivers.