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A collection of rideshare drivers and labor unions filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to overturn a...
recent California ballot measure that enshrined the non-employee status of gig workers, arguing the new law is unconstitutional.

The suit, filed in California Supreme Court, argues that Proposition 22 puts illegal constraints on the ability of state lawmakers to empower drivers to organize.

The suit alleges that the ballot measure -- which was approved in November by a wide margin after gig economy companies spent over $200 million to back it -- illegally excludes rideshare drivers from the state workers' compensation program.

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It also argues that the ballot initiative, which took effect in mid-December, unconstitutionally defines what comprises an amendment to the measure.

Veena Dubal, an associate professor at the University of California's Hastings College of the Law, called that section of the proposition "hugely problematic," warning that it "effectively prevents the California legislature from passing laws to amend it — and really to legislate in the arena of app-deployed workers' rights more generally."

"This is fundamentally anti-democratic and anti-worker," she told The Hill. "It also may very well violate the California constitution."

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