A California Legislation Was Presupposed to Give Uber Drivers New Protections. As a substitute, Comedians Misplaced Work.

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A California Law Was Supposed to Give Uber Drivers New Protections. Instead, Comedians Lost Work.

Earlier this year, the organizers of a small Bay Area theater told Alicia Dattner that they couldn't pay her for an upcoming comedy act. The reason: A new California law reclassifying gig economy workers like Uber drivers as employees meant it would be too expensive to hire.

Frau Dattner was confused. Why did a law against Uber and Lyft affect comedians?

"It…

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