A strange Uber ‘em­ployee’

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Uber hits a bump,” June 18

The state La­bor Com­mis­sioner’s of­fice’s rul­ing that an Uber driver is an em­ployee is another ex­am­ple of a dis­turb­ing an­tibusi­ness trend in Cal­i­for­nia.

Only here can some­one who works only when he wants and is able to tell his “em­ployer” that he will be gone for days, weeks or months at a time (whether to pur­sue an act­ing ca­reer or oth­er­wise) be able to quit and then re­cover the “ex­penses” that his pay was set high enough to com­pen­sate for.

The law needs to change to rec­og­nize that free adult cit­i­zens don’t need to be pro­tected from them­selves by a politi­cized state agency, largely be­holden to unions, which now seem in­tent on dis­cour­ag­ing even more com­pa­nies from do­ing busi­ness in an al­ready hos­tile busi­ness cli­mate.

R.W. Novotny

Long Beach

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