Uber and Lyft just can't stop flouting the law

Uber and Lyft's legal challenge in California may shutter their operations, forcing them to rethink their business model of not treating drivers as employees

Ride-hailing apps Uber and Lyft have long disingenuously insisted that they are not transportation companies. This is a legal strategy that, so far, has allowed them to label their legions of drivers as contract workers, depriving them of company-backed benefits like healthcare, paid leave and severance pay.

But as of Thursday, at least in California, Uber and Lyft may finally be able to state honestly they are not in the business of arranging rides.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 22, 2020, with the headline 'Uber and Lyft just can't stop flouting the law'. Print Edition | Subscribe