SOUTHCOAST TODAY: “’I am my own boss’: Battle over rights of rideshare drivers continues in Massachusetts”


“After retiring from a long career in construction, John Pereira wanted to enjoy the benefits of retirement without too much financial stress. He took to driving passengers using the rideshare app Lyft, a job he says gives him the flexibility of a retired lifestyle while helping to pay the bills.

“I am my own boss,” the New Bedford native said. “When I feel like going, I go.”

Uber and Lyft, the two largest rideshare companies in the United States, currently classify their drivers as independent contractors, rather than as employees. This distinction allows workers to create their own hours but doesn’t guarantee them minimum wage, overtime, earned sick time and other benefits.

In July, Attorney General Maura Healey sued the two companies to classify their drivers as employees.”


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