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The California Supreme Court denied Uber and Lyft a request for arbitration

Uber and Lyft won’t have a chance to send to arbitration California claims that the ride-hailing companies falsely classified workers as self-employed, as the California Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected their request to review a decision to appeal against it.

During their weekly meeting, the justices denied requests by Lyft and Uber that the high court review the lower court on Sept.

San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego and the California Labor Commissioner sued Uber and Lyft in May 2020 alleging that they violated the state’s unfair competition laws by classifying their California drivers as self-employed. employed rather than employees, depriving them of wages. with employee status.

The state, which is seeking injunctive relief, civil penalties and restitution for the injured public, is not a party to arbitration agreements between trucking companies, drivers and delivery people. California also sought injunctive relief under Assembly Bill 5, which allows such relief to prevent the misclassification of employees as self-employed.

The San Francisco city attorney’s office said in a statement that it was “pleased that the California Supreme Court declined to review Uber and Lyft’s attempt to delay and avoid this important public law enforcement action.” , leaving in its place the well-reasoned decision of the Court of Appeals in this misclassification case.

“We hope to finally go to court to hold Uber and Lyft accountable for denying their drivers basic labor protections and illegally shifting that burden to taxpayers.”

The companies seeking a review argued that the court should review the case to resolve whether California law undermines the Federal Arbitration Act by delegating state agencies to litigate on behalf of parties to arbitration agreements.

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