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Two Uber drivers have taken ride hailing company Uber to court over Proposition 22 that alleges the company is illegally coercing its drivers to support the ballot measure.

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Brought forth by two Uber drivers, Benjamin Valdez and Hector Castellanos, as well as two California nonprofit organizations, Worksafe and Chinese Progressive Association; Uber is facing a class-action lawsuit that seeks to keep workers classified as independent contractors.

“Let’s be absolutely clear,” David Lowe, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said in a statement. “Uber’s threats and constant barrage of Prop 22 propaganda on an app the drivers must use to do their work have one purpose: to coerce the drivers to support Uber’s political battle to strip them of workplace protections.”

According to press, the plaintiffs argue Uber has encouraged its drivers and delivery workers to support Prop 22 via the company’s driver-scheduling app.

“Uber’s solicitations have the purpose and effect of causing drivers to fear retaliation by Uber if they do not support Uber’s political preference and may induce many drivers to falsely state that they support being deprived of the rights that California law guarantees to statutory ’employees,” the suit states.

Aside the ongoing suit, the group further confirmed it also plans to file legal claims against Uber, Lyft, Instacart and DoorDash with the California Labor Commissioner.


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