Uber and Lyft’s ongoing battle with the law and a brief history of diversity at Snap – TipsClear
Welcome to Human Capital (formerly known as Tech at Work) which oversees all things Tech. This week presented Uber and Lyft with a new Labor lawsuit, after a judge heard the arguments of the people of California in a separate suit from the Uber, Lyft and attorneys from the California Attorney General. Meanwhile, Snap recently released its first-ever diversity and inclusion report – something the company had been doing for years.
Below, we will explore Snape’s track record with diversity and inclusion, along with exploring the nuances and significance of these lawsuits. let’s get it.
Ethan P., Judge of CA Superior Court Shulman heard arguments about an initial injunction that seeks to force Uber and Lyft to rename their drivers as employees.
In May, California Attorney General Javier Becerra sued Uber and Lyft, along with attorneys in the cities of Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco, alleging that the companies were wrong and unlawful by workers who worked with independent contractors Obtain competitive advantage. The suit argues that Uber and Lyft are denied the right to minimum wages, overtime, paid sick leave, disability insurance and unemployment insurance. In June, the plaintiffs filed an initial injunction to force Uber and Lyft to comply with AB5 and immediately stopped classifying their drivers as independent contractors.
This week, more than 100 people listened to the initial injunction. The hearing, held on the zoom, was initially able to hold only 100 people. But interest in the case forced the court to increase its webinar capabilities to 500. No decision has been made yet, but Judge Shulman said that we can expect a possibility within days rather than weeks.
At the hearing, Shulman expressed how difficult it is to determine the effect of the initial injunction in this case. For example, how Uber and Lyft would obey the injunction is unknown, as are economic impacts on drivers, such as their ability to earn income, the ability they will be able to work and their eligibility for state benefits, Shulman said said.
He said, “I feel a little bit like I’m being asked to jump into a body without any water, knowing how deep it is, how cold the water is and what will happen when I go inside.”
Here are some other important quotes from the hearing:
Rohit Singla, Advocate for Lyft
The proposed prohibition would cause irreparable injury to Lyft and Uber, and would actually cause massive damage to drivers and harm to riders.
Matthew Goldberg, Deputy City Attorney for San Francisco
We feel that the parties have, to a great extent, corrected whatever will be required to comply with the law.
Other lawsuits against Uber and Lyft
Earlier in the week, California Labor Commission sues Uber and Lyft in separate lawsuits. The goal of separate lawsuits is to recover the money that is allegedly owed to these drivers. By classifying drivers as independent contractors rather than employees, both Uber and Lyft are not required to pay minimum wages, overtime compensation, nor do they have to offer brakes or reimburse drivers paid for the cost of driving is required.
Part of these lawsuits is a core focus and argument that Uber and Lyft are misclassifying their drivers as independent contractors and breaking the law. These two companies have been sued several times, sometimes for their labor practices, particularly as they relate to their respective drivers’ classification as independent contractors. What’s different about the latest string of lawsuits is that they are coming to light of a new law that went into effect in California earlier this year for these giant economy companies to classify their workers as such Hard to make. The lawsuits are also coming from legislative bodies, rather than the drivers themselves.
It’s been a long time for this moment to come. Uber faced its first high-profile labor lawsuit in 2013, when Douglas O’Connor and Thomas Kolopy sued Uber to classify them as 1099 independent contractors. Uber settled the case several years later in 2019 by paying $ 20 million to Uber and Kolopy, along with other class members..
Snap finally releases a diversity report
Snape, after declining to release diversity numbers for years, has finally decided it’s time to make them public. Before we jump, let’s take a look at Snap’s history with diversity.
2016: Snape caught fire for some filters, which many called racist. The first one was The Bob Marley filter that originally enabled some types of digital blackface. The second time it had to do with a lens that should have taken on anime characters. Instead, Annoyed about Snapchat enabling Yellowface.
2017: “We fundamentally believe that working with a team of diverse backgrounds and voices is the best shot at being able to create our innovative products that improve the way people live and communicate. This goal We focus on two things to achieve. First – building a diverse workplace – helps us assemble this team. We call in conferences, host hackathons, and invest in those institutions. Do what brings us amazing diverse talent every year. Second – building an inclusive workplace – is very hard to get right, but we believe it is necessary to have the ability to be a diverse team. Because we believe That diversity outweighs the numbers. For us, it’s really about creating a culture where everyone works to know that they have a seat at the table and will always be supported both personally and professionally We challenged our management team to set this tone with our teams every day, and for the community Started by investing in inclusive-focused programs ranging from outreach to internal business development. We still have a long and arduous road in all these efforts, but believe that they represent one of our greatest opportunities to build a business that is not only successful, but also one on which we must Proud “- Snap’s S-1
2018: A former Snap engineer criticized the company for its “toxic” and “sexist” culture. Snap CEO Evan Spiegel later said the letter was “a very good wake-up call for us.”
2019: Snap Hired its first head of diversity and inclusion, Ona king. King previously worked at Google as the company’s director of diversity strategy.
June 2020: Spiegel reportedly said in an all-out meeting that the company would not publicly release its numbers. Snap, however, described the report as disputed, saying it would release that data.
August 2020: Snap releases its first diversity report showing its global workforce, with just 32.9% women, while its US workforce is 4.1% Black, 6.8% LatinX and less than 1% indigenous.
Snap’s numbers are not good, but nothing out of the ordinary for the tech industry. What is novel about Snape’s report, however, is the interdisciplinary data breakdown. You will note that the representation of black women (1.3%) is lower than the representation of black men (2.8%). The same goes for all race / ethnic categories. Across all specific breeds, there are more males than females. Again, this is not good, but it is to be expected, unfortunately.