Appeals Court orders Uber, Lyft to classify drivers as employees

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) — The Court of Appeals ordered rideshare apps Uber and Lyft to classify drivers as employees, the San Francisco City Attorney announced Thursday.

In August, a California judge ordered both Uber and Lyft to treat their California drivers as employees instead of independent contractors, guaranteeing them benefits like any other full-time employee.

Uber said it will likely shut down operations in the state for several months if its required to do this.

Both Uber and Lyft immediately appealed to a higher court, putting the ruling on hold as the case continues.

If Proposition 22 passes, this means drivers will be provided new benefits and protections.

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