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California sues Uber, Lyft for classifying drivers as contractors

California sued Uber and Lyft this week for treating their drivers as contractors rather than full employees, in the latest episode of the state’s feud with big tech companies. The Tuesday complaint accuses the ride-hailing giants of misclassifying their drivers as independent contractors and denying them protections such as a minimum wage, overtime pay, sick leave and unemployment benefits. “American taxpayers end up having to help carry the load that Uber and Lyft don’t want to accept,” California attorney general Xavier Becerra said in a statement. “These companies will take the workers’ labor, but they won’t accept the worker protections.” The lawsuit seeks a court order barring Uber and Lyft from continuing to mi ...