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Fate of Gig Workers’ Benefits Now Up to the State Supreme Court

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Uber, Lyft, Doordash and other "gig economy' drivers from the California Gig Workers Union get ready for departure on May 20, 2024 of their car caravan to San Francisco for a planned rally as the state Supreme Court considers a legal challenge to Prop 22, which drivers say has caused them to be blocked from employee protections like minimum wage and overtime pay. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

The State Supreme Court today heard a case that could have a profound impact on app-based companies like Uber and Lyft as well as on their drivers. Proposition 22, which was passed by voters four years ago, allowed gig companies to reclassify workers as self-employed contractors, rather than employees. Now the state Supreme Court will decide whether to uphold the law, strike it down or strip out part and leave the rest intact.

Scott and Marisa are joined by Brandon Stracener, an attorney in private practice and a senior research fellow at the California Constitution Center at Berkeley Law.

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