Roger v. Lyft & Verhines v. Uber
Paid Sick and Safe Time. Roger v. Lyft & Verhines v. Uber (Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco): On March 11, 2020, Uber and Lyft drivers filed a class action lawsuit alleging the companies violated state law with respect to paid sick leave in response to COVID-19. The drivers argue they are employees, not independent contractors (“gig workers”). By failing to classify them as employees, the companies violate California law. They asked the court to order the companies to correctly classify and, in turn, provide them with employee sick leave mandated by law. Representatives for Uber and Lyft recently said they will provide drivers with up to 14 days of paid sick leave if a driver tests positive for COVID-19 or is placed in quarantine for COVID-19 by a public health authority. Drivers in Massachusetts have signaled they will take similar action.