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California’s Labor Commission Sues Ridesharing Companies, Accuses Them Of Wage Theft

NBC Bay Area-

The California Labor Commissioner’s Office announced Thursday that it has filed separate lawsuits against ride hailing services Uber and Lyft, accusing the companies of wage theft by misclassifying employees as independent contractors.

The suits, both filed in Alameda County Superior Court, claim that classifying drivers as independent contractors violates state labor laws and denies drivers basic workplace protections such as paid sick leave, unemployment insurance, minimum wages and overtime pay.

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