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D.C. Attorney General Supports Lyft Drivers in Sick Pay Suit (1)

Jul 21, 2020 / News Item /
The District of Columbia’s attorney general has told a U.S. judge he’s backing Lyft Inc. drivers who argue they were misclassified as independent contractors, arguing D.C. law should govern whether the ongoing paid leave dispute can stay in court. The ride sharing service is arguing the drivers are contractually bound to resolve their disputes individually through arbitration under the Federal Arbitration Act, as well as the District’s Revised Uniform Arbitration Act. The widespread use of arbitration agreements renders other district laws, including a paid leave law that requires employers to...
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Driver Rips Lyft's Arbitration Bid In DC Sick Leave Spat

Jul 16, 2020 / News Item /
A former Lyft driver told a D.C. federal court Tuesday that the ride-hailing company can't hide behind its arbitration agreement to dodge proposed class claims it's flouting D.C. law by failing to provide paid sick leave to drivers. Plaintiff Cassandra Osvatics asked U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to reject Lyft Inc.'s motion to compel arbitration, saying in a Tuesday filing that the company can't escape judicial scrutiny of its systemic failure to provide sick leave to thousands of its drivers, as required by the D.C. Accrued Safe and Sick Leave Act. The suit, filed in May, claims...
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‘There is no playbook’: Restaurants are closing again after workers test positive for coronavirus

Jun 17, 2020 / News Item
In St. Petersburg, Fla., Pete Boland spent last weekend trying to secure scarce slots for his 60 employees to get tested for covid-19. On Friday night, he had shut down his popular downtown restaurant, the Galley, after he learned that several workers tested positive for the virus. When it became clear that there was a problem — which happened to be in the middle of dinner service — he went from table to table, informing guests that it was last call and that the restaurant would be closing for safety reasons. “We weren’t trying to cover anything up,” he says. In Arizona, the Maggiore...
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Lyft Sued Over Misclassification And Paid Sick Leave

Jun 2, 2020 / News Item /
Cassandra Osvatics, a driver for Lyft, filed a class action complaint against Lyft for its failure to provide paid sick leave, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The suit is filed in the District of Columbia District Court. Osvatics is represented by Outten & Golden. Washington, D.C. and other jurisdictions require companies to provide protections to workers, including “minimum wage guarantees, expense reimbursement requirements, and…paid sick leave.” Paid sick leave has been found by experts to be “a significant way to reduce the spread of illness,” which is crucial during the...
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Lyft Sued For Paid Sick Leave In Coronavirus Crisis

May 29, 2020 / News Item /
Instead of providing paid sick leave for its drivers during the coronavirus pandemic, Lyft Inc. is forcing employees to either risk their health and the health of their passengers or risk their livelihoods, according to a class action filed Friday in D.C. federal court. Under D.C.'s 2008 Accrued Safe and Sick Leave Act, Lyft is required to provide paid sick leave to its drivers, which is particularly important now as a measure to reduce the spread of illness during the pandemic, according to the complaint filed by former Lyft driver Cassandra Osvatics. "Given the current COVID-19 pandemic,...
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Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Lyft Sued for Failing to Comply with Paid Sick Leave Law in Washington D.C.

May 29, 2020 / Press Release /
Washington, DC—On May 29, 2020, Cassandra Osvatics filed a class action lawsuit against Lyft, Inc., one of the country’s largest rideshare companies, alleging that the company systematically fails to provide Washington D.C. drivers with paid sick leave under the District’s Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act (“ASSLA”). The lawsuit alleges that with “the current COVID-19 pandemic, which some experts predict could last for years, the need for paid sick leave is vitally important. Without it, Lyft forces its drivers into a Hobbesian choice: risk their lives (and the lives of their passengers) or...
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Lyft violates Washington DC sick day law during pandemic, lawsuit claims

May 29, 2020 / News Item /
Lyft Inc was sued on Friday by a former driver who accused the ride-sharing company of failing to provide required paid sick leave to drivers in Washington, D.C., a policy she said could fuel the spread of the coronavirus. Cassandra Osvatics, of Bowie, Maryland, accused Lyft of subjecting current and former drivers to a “Hobbesian choice” between having to risk their livelihoods by staying home when sick, or “risk their lives (and the lives of their passengers)” by working through their illnesses. Underlying the proposed class action is a belief that Lyft drivers qualify as employees,...
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Lyft Sued for Violating D.C. Sick-Day Law During Pandemic

May 29, 2020 / News Item /
Lyft Inc. was sued by a former driver for not providing the paid sick days required by Washington, D.C., law, the latest challenge to the stance by ride-hail platforms that their drivers aren’t employees. By violating the sick leave law during the coronavirus pandemic, “Lyft forces its drivers into a Hobbesian choice: risk their lives (and the lives of their passengers) or risk their livelihoods,” according to the complaint, filed Friday in federal court on behalf of a class of current and former drivers. The central claim is that drivers, who are integral to Lyft’s business and subject to...
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Uber drivers and other gig economy workers were promised unemployment benefits. It may be a long wait.

Apr 2, 2020 / News Item
For millions of Americans who drive for Uber, deliver food with Postmates and rent houses on Airbnb, the $2 trillion coronavirus aid package extends an economic lifeline — offering weekly checks for those trapped at home as a result of the outbreak. But it could take weeks or more before any relief money reaches the pockets of cash-strapped workers, according to labor rights activists, who say delays threaten to put some people’s homes, families and livelihoods in jeopardy amid this historic economic downturn. In California, Illinois, Washington and a slew of other states, local unemployment...
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US Department of Labor announces new paid sick leave, expands family and medical leave

Apr 1, 2020 / News Item
The US Department of Labor announced Wednesday new measures for American workers and employers struggling during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Officials said workers and employers can benefit from the protections and relief offered by the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, both part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). According to DOL officials, the FFCRA helps the United States "combat workplace effects of COVID-19 by reimbursing American private employers that have fewer than 500 employees with tax credits for the cost...
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