Uber’s treatment of its drivers has been under intense scrutiny this year, with many localities enforcing new rules on the ride-sharing company, including hourly wages. On Tuesday, Seattle became the latest city to enforce a minimum hourly wage on both Uber and Lyft.
As of January, both ride-sharing operations will be required to pay drivers at least $16 an hour, the minimum wage in Seattle for businesses with 500 or more employees. The decision to enforce this rule on Uber and Lyft was passed by the Seattle City Council in a unanimous 9-0 vote, the New York Times reports.
“The pandemic has exposed the fault lines in our systems of worker protections, leaving many frontline workers like gig workers without a safety net,” Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said about the decision.
Seattle is the second major city to pass a measure like this, following on from New York City’s measure