Seattle becomes first in U.S. to protect gig workers from sudden ‘deactivation’

The Seattle City Council has approved a groundbreaking legislation that aims to protect gig workers from being abruptly deactivated from apps like Instacart or DoorDash. This is the first of its kind in the entire country. The bill, sponsored by Councilmember Lisa Herbold, seeks to prevent homelessness and displacement and ensure that families can meet their basic needs. Gig workers have reported being unfairly terminated without notice or the opportunity to dispute it. The new law raises the bar for deactivation and mandates a 14-day notice period. The move is part of a broader effort to safeguard non-unionized gig workers and provide them with labor protections. However, exceptions have been made for cases of “egregious behavior” that could pose a danger to customers. The legislation is expected to be signed into law by Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell.

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