Herrera investigates Uber, Lyft over driver pay and benefits

“We are not going to turn a blind eye if companies in San Francisco deny workers their pay and benefits, ” said City Attorney Dennis Herrera.

‘We are going to ensure that these companies pay their drivers what they’ve earned’

SAN FRANCISCO (May 29, 2018) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera today issued subpoenas to Uber and Lyft to turn over records on whether they classify drivers as employees or private contractors, as well as records on driver pay and benefits. The subpoenas follow the California Supreme Court’s recent ruling on the definition of an employee versus an independent contractor.

These subpoenas are the latest component of Herrera’s investigation into whether ride-hailing companies comply with San Francisco ordinances. In light of the California Supreme Court’s decision that companies must affirmatively prove a worker is an “independent contractor” before denying that person the wages and benefits guaranteed to California employees, Herrera seeks proof that Uber and Lyft have lawfully classified drivers as independent contractors or provide their drivers with minimum wage, sick leave, health care contributions, and paid parental leave. [Read more]


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Climate Change

City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Oakland City Attorney Barbara J. Parker filed separate lawsuits on behalf of their respective cities against the top five oil and gas companies, asking the courts to hold them responsible for the costs of the infrastructure necessary to protect their cities from the consequences of climate change caused by their massive production of fossil fuels.

Sanctuary Cities

On January 31, 2017 City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a federal lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his administration for his executive order directing enforcement action against sanctuary cities and threatening to withhold federal funding from these cities. The suit claims that the order is unconstitutional and exceeds the president’s power.

Gun Safety

Five online suppliers that had been flouting both state and San Francisco law by selling illegal large-capacity magazines as “repair kits” to customers in California have agreed to a wide-ranging injunction that compels them to follow the law. The settlement agreement improves safety in California communities and ensures that rogue companies comply with the law.

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In efforts to combat the affordable housing crisis in San Francisco, City Attorney Dennis Herrera has taken broad actions ranging from filing lawsuits against unscrupulous landowners like Academy of Art University to cracking down on affordable housing fraudsters.


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