Friday June 10, 2016

Former Uber And Lyft Drivers In Austin Sue Over Abrupt Pullout

The sad part about this story is that the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act doesn't cover independent contractors and self-employed workers. So, even though they got a raw deal, this lawsuit probably isn't going anywhere.

In Austin, TX last month, city voters approved a ballot measure that would require drivers for ride-hailing apps to pass city background checks and be fingerprinted. Both companies immediately pulled out of the city, suddenly leaving thousands of workers, many of whom were driving for their full-time jobs, out of work. Now drivers are suing the companies, alleging that they were owed notice under the WARN Act. The WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) Act is a federal law that requires employers to notify employees and the state government at least 60 days in advance of a plant closing or mass layoff.