BY KATIE JOHNSTON AND ADAM VACCARO — JULY 14, 2020
“The Massachusetts attorney general is suing Uber and Lyft, claiming the ride-hailing companies are misclassifying drivers as independent contractors in violation of a state law that establishes them as employees.
As independent contractors, drivers don’t have the right to the minimum wage, overtime pay, paid sick time, unemployment insurance, and other worker protections that employees are entitled to. Massachusetts law states that workers are employees if their tasks are directed by the company, they don’t have an independently established business, and they perform jobs that are part of the company’s regular course of business.
“Uber and Lyft have gotten a free ride for far too long,” Attorney General Maura Healey said during a press conference Tuesday to announce the lawsuit, filed in Suffolk Superior Court. “For years, these companies have systematically denied their drivers basic workplace protections and benefits and profited greatly from it.””
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