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CA District Attorneys Seek Injunction Against Handy for Worker Misclassification

San Francisco and Los Angeles district attorneys filed motions yesterday to compel Handy Technologies Inc. to immediately treat its workers as employees and cease its business practices of treating them as independent contractors.

The prosecutors are seeking a preliminary injunction in an ongoing lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court alleging Handy is violating California law by classifying its handymen and cleaners as independent contractors rather than employees.

In a press release, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin said “We are seeking an immediate end to Handy’s illegal behavior of failing to provide its workers with basic workplace protections.” He explained that “[a]ll three branches of California’s government have already made clear that these workers are employees under California law and entitled to these important safeguards.”

The company asserts that the district attorney’s action is “categorically wrong and demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of Handy’s business.”

California’s proposition 22, which carves out an exception to that standard for app-based delivery drivers and rideshare drivers, does not include service-based gig companies, including on-demand handymen.

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