Judge rules California Prop 22 gig workers law is unconstitutional

Judge rules California Prop 22 gig workers law is unconstitutional


Drivers held a protest against Prop 22 in October. The measure passed in November, however. | Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images

California’s gig workers law, which allows companies like Uber and Lyft to treat workers as independent contractors— not employees— has been ruled unconstitutional and unenforceable by a judge. Voters approved the law as ballot initiative Proposition 22 in November, with companies like Uber, Lyft and DoorDash spending more than $200 million to campaign for the measure. Labor organizations, including the Service Employees International Union, opposed it.

California Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch ruled Friday that the law illegally “limits the power of a future legislature to define app-based drivers as workers subject to workers’ compensation law,” adding that “The entirety of Proposition 22 is unenforceable.” He also ruled that it was…

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