Protection of Tipped Workers' Rights in the Platform Economy

Policy or Initiative Description

Governments should create and enforce provisions to prevent platform economy companies (such as food delivery services) from retaining tips meant for workers.

Washington, D.C.

In 2019, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine filed a lawsuit against the food delivery company DoorDash for retaining tips meant for workers. The lawsuit was brought as an action to protect consumers from fraud, because consumers intended tips to go to the workers; the lawsuit did not address the question of classification of workers (as independent contractors or employees).




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