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house Bill H.R. 76

Prohibiting Class Action Lawsuits Over the Misclassification of Contractors in the "Gig Economy"

Argument in favor

Many small businesses in the “gig economy” rely on independent contractors for their operations, and they can’t afford the threat of class action suits alleging the misclassification of employees.

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Stop All "Class Action Lawsuits. Attorneys use these to get rich pretending to "help" people as the attorney's keep most of the money in "fees"
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Argument opposed

Many businesses use independent contractors to fill important roles within the organization, and if the lines between contractors and employees become blurred those workers should be able to file class action lawsuits.

Dan's Opinion
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last Tuesday
Uber and other such companies wouldn't exist without the labor of so-called "private contractors" who are treated as disposable. These people deserve the leverage that the threat if a class action lawsuit might provide
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 76?

This bill — the Protect the Gig Economy Act of 2018 — would prohibit class action lawsuits alleging the misclassification of employees as independent contractors from being filed against businesses. The right of workers to individually sue for alleged misclassification would not be impacted.

Impact

Workers who would file class action lawsuits alleging misclassification of employees as independent contractors; businesses utilizing such workers; and the courts.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 76

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: This bill from the 115th Congress was reintroduced by Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) to prevent gig economy companies which rely on an independent contractor business model from facing class action lawsuits alleging the misclassification of workers who are employees.

Federal courts have ruled on several misclassification suits involving gig economy companies, finding in each that the workers involved for Grubhub and Uber were properly classified as independent contractors.

This bill has had no cosponsors in either the 115th or 116th Congresses. 


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: jetcityimage / istock)

AKA

Protect the Gig Economy Act of 2019

Official Title

To amend Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to protect the "gig economy" and small businesses that operate in large part through contractor services from the threat of costly class action litigation, and for other purposes.

    Stop All "Class Action Lawsuits. Attorneys use these to get rich pretending to "help" people as the attorney's keep most of the money in "fees"
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