SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lyft drivers, the Uber Lyft Teamsters Rideshare Alliance (ULTRA), Teamsters Joint Council 7 and Teamsters Joint Council 42 have filed legal objections to a class-action lawsuit settlement which would continue to misclassify Lyft employees in California as independent contractors.
The objections were filed late yesterday in federal district court in San Francisco. The case is being heard by Judge Vince Chhabria. In their filing, the objectors stated that the proposed settlement "does not provide sufficient monetary compensation to the class, and the non-monetary components of the settlement are of dubious value or do not substantially change Lyft's practices." The proposed settlement does not include any money for workers resulting from Lyft's violations of the minimum wage, violations of the law requiring accurate wage statements, unpaid meal and rest breaks, prompt payment violations and reporting time violations. After Lyft drivers and the Teamsters filed objections to a preliminary settlement in this case in March, Chhabria ordered the attorneys to go back to the table to correct deficiencies in the monetary value of the settlement covering 100,000 California drivers. The current $27 million settlement was adjusted from the preliminary settlement amount of $12.5 million because of inaccuracies in calculating the mileage logged by drivers. The proposed final settlement covers only 17 percent of estimated damages for the drivers' reimbursement claim. Of that amount, $3.675 million will go to attorneys' fees. The settlement leaves in place Lyft's misclassification of its drivers as independent contractors, and permits Lyft to deprive its drivers of their right to bring class actions in the future, while also forcing them into costly arbitrations of disputes involving their compensation and bonuses.