Drivers said not being able to see a passenger’s destination before accepting a ride was particularly stressful. It sometimes leads to unexpected late-night flights to distant airports or far away uneconomic destinations.
“Millions of people choose to earn on platforms like Uber because of the unique independence and flexibility they provide,” Uber spokesman Noah Edwardson said in a statement. “This complaint does not cover both the facts and applicable law, and we intend to defend accordingly.”
“California voters overwhelmingly supported an election procedure that provides what drivers want and what they don’t get in traditional jobs: flexibility and independence,” Lyft spokeswoman Jodi Seth said in a statement. “The Lyft platform provides valuable opportunities for drivers in California and across the country to earn wages when and how they choose,” he added.
In the lawsuit, the drivers seek to prevent Uber and Lyft from “pricing ride-sharing services” and “retain driver and destination fare data when they are offered rides” and require them to give drivers “a mile-wide transparency,” within a minute or hour. trip” rather than using “hidden algorithms” to determine compensation.
The drivers are suing on antitrust grounds, arguing that if they are classified as independent contractors, Uber and Lyft are interfering in the open market, restricting how they operate and how much they cost passengers.
“Uber and Lyft are employers responsible for their employees under labor standards laws or bound by laws that prohibit powerful companies from using their market power to set prices and engaging in other behavior that restricts fair competition,” the process stated.