Most labor platforms claim that the workers building their businesses are not their employees. In reality, however, many app-based workers bear all of the risks of being in business for themselves and reap none of the rewards.
Unlike a true “independent contractor” they do not have the autonomy to build a base of customers, set their own rates, make their own decisions about the services they offer, or otherwise manage their own business.
At the same time, gig companies deny their workers the many protections and benefits that come with being an employee, like minimum wage and overtime, workers’ compensation, and unemployment insurance—critical protections for workers who get sick or injured on the job, or who otherwise cannot work.
That is why gig workers are organizing to expand their rights on the job.
But in many places, app-based workers DO have these rights. Consult with a trusted ally, like a workers’ center, union, or legal services provider to find out what the law is in your state.