Technology’s Role in Accessing Gig Workers via Platforms

Worker Classification Ruling

Lou Calamaras, CCWP Director Client Solutions CXC Global North America

“New contingent workforce classification ruling has opened the door to debate in a binding fashion about technology’s role in accessing gig workers to complete tasks secured by the platform.” Lou Calamaras, CCWP, Diretor Global Client Solutions, CXC Global North America.

According to a recent article posted by, subpoenas have been issued to Uber and Lyft in order to review their records in relation to worker classification of their drivers, following a recent ruling by the California Supreme Court and as part of a crack down on how workers are classified as either employees or independent contractors.

The requested information included records of how riders were paid, hours worked and whether they received benefits.

“The argument that these companies have tried to use in the past—that they’re just a technology platform—doesn’t pass the smell test,” San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera says. “People go to Microsoft or Salesforce for software. People go to Uber or Lyft for a ride.”

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