Denied: Lyft’s Lawsuit to Overturn Minimum Wage for App-Based Drivers in New York City

New York State Supreme Court Justice Andrea Masley denied Lyft’s petition Tuesday, holding up the first minimum wage standard set for app-based drivers in the country.

Denied: Lyft’s Lawsuit to Overturn Minimum Wage for App-Based Drivers in New York City

By NYC CLC

Lyft’s lawsuit challenging the city’s minimum wage rules for app-based drivers was dismissed by a judge Tuesday, ending a three-month legal battle. The ride-hailing giant filed a petition in late January, claiming the formula put together by the Taxi and Limousine Commission would drive up the cost of their rides and effectively hand the market to Uber.

“The judge’s message today is clear. If ride hail companies want to operate in New York City, they need to pay drivers fairly and follow our minimum wage laws. This is a proud day for drivers who organized with the Guild for years, taking on Silicon Valley behemoths, to win this historic pay protection,” said Independent Drivers Guild founder Jim Conigliaro Jr. “By upholding this law, the courts today ensured that the more than 70,000 drivers and their families who have been struggling to get by on less than minimum wage for years will finally have the certainty of a decent wage.”

“We are thankful to Judge Masley, Mayor de Blasio, the Taxi and Limousine Commission, the City Council and all of the city officials who listened to and stood up for drivers,” added Conigliaro Jr.

Read more about the ruling here.

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