From San Francisco Chronicle:
Rosa Mendoza, who drives for Uber and Lyft, cleans her car with disinfectant in San Francisco, in 2020. On Tuesday, the state cited Uber and Lyft for safety violations pertaining to how the companies treated their drivers.
State workplace safety regulators cited Rideshare companies Lyft and Uber for failing to provide masks and gloves to their drivers and otherwise prevent the spread of COVID-19, and for excluding drivers from their general injury and illness prevention plans, Cal/OSHA documents show.
“This is the first time that a state safety agency has extended workplace protections to gig workers, and challenges the companies’ that they have no responsibility to ensure safety of drivers,” Rideshare Drivers United, a group which represents thousands of gig workers, some of whom brought the complaints, said in a statement.
Uber and Lyft did not respond to emailed requests for comment.
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