A measure passed in California removes many employment rights for gig workers. Similar rules could soon come near you, writes Annalee Newitz
18th November 2020
People in the United States were so busy freaking out about the recent presidential election that it was easy to miss a vote in California for an election measure called Proposition 22. The gig giants Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Instacart and Postmates have sponsored the measure the tune of $ 205 million. Some even turned their apps into propaganda machines and admonished users to vote “Yes to Prop 22”.
The measure was passed and now California has a new class of workers: “independent contractors”. The result is that there is a special exemption for gig work companies from certain labor laws and …