OAKLAND, Calif.—Earlier this month, two federal judges in San Francisco allowed two significant labor lawsuits filed against Uber and Lyft to move ahead. In those cases, drivers for both services have sued in an attempt to be classified as employees rather than independent contractors. As an employee, workers have certain rights and benefits not traditionally granted to non-employees, such as overtime, minimum wage, worker’s compensation, and more.
Beyond those cases, court filings show that at least four new similar lawsuits (some of which are proposed class-action cases) were filed in state and federal courts in the San Francisco Bay Area over the past month against so-called “sharing economy” startups. The underlying issue is the same: who exactly is—or should be—an employee?
Here in Oakland, one law firm has brought two of the recent cases against Homejoy, a San Francisco company that describes itself as a “movement to make cleaning services available to a broad audience, rather than a luxury for the rich.” The lawsuits, filed earlier this month in California Superior Court in San Francisco, are formally known as Zenelaj vs. Homejoy and Ventura vs. Homejoy.
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