Herrera hails sweeping victory for drivers and public over Uber and Lyft

State court grants preliminary injunction to require Uber and Lyft to properly classify their drivers as employees

City Attorney Dennis Herrera

SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 10, 2020) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera released the following statement today after a sweeping victory in San Francisco Superior Court that directs Uber and Lyft to properly classify their drivers as employees:

“Uber and Lyft’s long history of flouting the law is over. We are holding them to account for their brazen lawbreaking. This is a victory not only for every driver who has been denied fair wages and benefits by Uber and Lyft, but for the public at large. For too long these companies have denied their drivers basic workplace protections, like minimum wage and sick leave, and illegally shifted that burden onto taxpayers. Uber and Lyft have pocketed millions of dollars by leaving drivers in the lurch and taxpayers to foot the bill. That ends now.”

“I have no doubt Uber and Lyft will continue to try to deceive and misinform, but the law is clear. Drivers can continue to have all of the flexibility they currently enjoy while being properly treated as employees. Uber and Lyft’s claim otherwise is just another of their lies.”

The case was brought in partnership by Herrera, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, San Diego City Attorney Mara W. Elliott, and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra.

A copy of today’s decision is available here.  A copy of the preliminary injunction motion is available here. A copy of the lawsuit filed last month is available here.