US Lawmakers Push Tech Firms on Abortion Benefits for Gig Workers

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When the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, many technology companies assured employees that they would help those who needed to travel to another state to access abortion care. But at some companies, one major segment of their workforces remained shut out: gig workers.

On Thursday, a group of 25 Democratic members of Congress led by Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Representative Cori Bush of Missouri sent letters to the CEOs of Amazon, Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, and Grubhub to question that policy. They wrote that excluding gig workers disadvantages companies’ lowest income workers and asked that gig workers be reclassified as employees, with the attendant benefits.

“Companies like Uber, Lyft, GrubHub, DoorDash, and Amazon continue to misclassify workers as ‘independent contractors’ rather than employees, excluding them from accessing the rights and benefits—like access to abortion care—that they deserve,” Warren says. The letter says that these workers are more likely to “come from the communities most likely to be harmed by the Supreme Court’s decision.”

While some tech worker groups, such as the Alphabet Workers Union, have challenged their employers on equitable abortion coverage, this is the first significant pressure on tech companies from Congress on the issue.

When asked about the letter, DoorDash spokesperson Campbell Millum said that the company believes every worker deserves the choice to work as an employee or independent contractor, and that the company has advocated for access to portable benefits for independent contractors. Uber spokesperson Ryan Thornton also spoke of “the unique flexibility” gig workers have, including the ability to work for competing platforms.

Lyft cited a

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