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THIRD TIME IS A CHARM FOR GIG COMPANIES!

The highest state court in California recently tossed out a constitutional challenge to Proposition 22. Proposition 22 was a voter-approved law permitting ride-share gig companies to classify their drivers as independent contractors.

The lawsuit was filed in January by a group of app-based drivers and one of the nation’s largest labor unions, the Service Employees International Union. The lawsuit claimed that Proposition 22 limited the power of elected officials to govern, in violation of California’s Constitution, by removing the officials’ abilities to grant gig workers the right to organize and provide access to the state’s worker’s compensation program.

The high court’s decision not to hear the case will further solidify the position of gig companies such as Uber, Lyft, Doordash and Instacart. While the plaintiffs have the legal right to refile their case in a lower state court, the voters and the highest state court have already weighed in on the issue. Regardless of where one comes in on this issue, gig companies’ classification of their workers as independent contractors is likely here to stay.

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Mahyar was a big part in helping start our company and setting up our corporation. She also went to battle with a Billion dollar Corporation to keep our doors open when they tried everything to shut us down.

Danny Lamping

Classic Refrigeration Company

In 2008 -2009, our company was involved in a lawsuit with over 1 million dollars claimed against us. Mahyar Ghassemian handled our case expertly and conscientiously. She explained on a regular basis the progress of our case and how each of the actions of our opponent would ultimately affect our case. At no time did we feel alone or compromised as Mahyar boldly stayed her course which eventually provided us with the satisfactory outcome we had hoped to achieve. She will be our first call should the need arise in the future.

Kelly Owen

Clarion Construction, Inc.

Many years ago an insurance carrier hired Mahyar Ghassemian to defend my construction firm in civil litigation. Not only was Ms. Ghassemian very knowledgeable and competent regarding the legal proceedings, but she was also personally vested in our well-being; she cared what happened. She counseled us regarding the various options, listened to our input and proceeded accordingly. In multiple cases with Ms. Ghassemian, we have never experienced a negative outcome. Today my first call when a potential legal issue is on the horizon is to Ms. Ghassemian. She is both extremely effective and cost conscious.

Russell Patterson

The Patterson Company

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