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California judge rules Prop 22 unconstitutional, dealing blow to gig worker initiative backed by Uber and Lyft

Rideshare driver Jorge Vargas raises his No on 22 sign in support as app based gig workers held a driving demonstration with 60-70 vehicles blocking Spring Street in front of Los Angeles City Hall urging voters to vote no on Proposition 22, a November ballot measure that would classify app-based drivers as independent contractors and not employees or agents, providing them with an exemption from Californias AB 5.

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In a huge setback for Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch ruled Friday that Proposition 22, a measure that allowed gig companies to classify their app-based drivers as independent contractors rather than employees, is unconstitutional.

In a lawsuit filed by the Service Employees International Union, Roesch ruled that Prop 22 is “unenforceable” because several sections are unconstitutional under California law. That included a requirement that a seven-eighths majority of the legislature approve amendments, creating a “near impossibility” that any changes could be made.

Roesch also found that Prop 22’s ban on details ⇒

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