How the Gig Economy Hurts Workers and Consumers: Andje Medina and Craig Peters Co-Author Article for Entrepreneur

In their Entrepreneur article, Attorney Andje Medina and Trial Team Leader Craig Peters discuss the gig economy, how millennials are forgoing traditional employment securities for more flexible schedules, and these trends' legal implications for employers.

"Decades of litigation, legislation, social movements and labor marches had leveled the playing field for the majority of the workforce. Now, in a blink of an eye, the scales are loaded in favor of the economically powerful corporations on the gig economy, helping them pay less overhead, avoid payroll taxes, retirement plan contributions and unemployment benefits," write Medina and Peters.

Despite the use of employer classification terms, such as "independent contractors" or "freelancers," there are robust laws in place that dictate the blurred lines between an employee and a contractor. Medina and Peters discuss the importance of these labels in establishing the employment relationship.

Medina and Peters also discuss current class action cases that could change the landscape of the gig economy, including O'Connor v. Uber Technologies, Inc. and Cotter v. Lyft, Inc. These class actions could signal a return to the pre-gig economy balance of power between workers and companies, and could help preserve our social safety net.

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