Publication: Sacramento Bee
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The California Supreme Court should grant immediate review to a challenge to Proposition 22, the initiative that designates drivers who work for app-based companies like Uber, Lyft and DoorDash to be independent contractors and not employees.

On Jan. 12, a lawsuit was filed directly in the California Supreme Court, rather than following the usual procedure of a case beginning in the Superior Court, with review in a Court of Appeal, and then the possibility of Supreme Court review. In extraordinary circumstances, the California Supreme Court can hear matters without needing to wait for the lower courts.

The challenge to Prop. 22 is exactly such a situation. The initiative withdraws minimum employment protections from hundreds of thousands of California workers.