Uber & Lyft denied extension period to appeal decision that drivers in California ARE employees

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A California judge has denied Uber and Lyft more time to appeal his decision that both companies must classify all drivers as employees.

Both ride-sharing firms requested an extension period due to the necessity of having to restructure their business models to conform with the ruling.

The decision by the judge that drivers for both apps were entitled to all the benefits of employees sent shock waves through the so-called 'gig economy' when it was announced.

It even forced Uber CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, to threaten pulling the company's services out of California.

At the extension request hearing in San Francisco Superior Court, Judge Ethan Schulman said he found no reason to extend his 20 August deadline for the ride-hailing companies to appeal the preliminary injunction he issued on Monday before it could take effect.

“I am unconvinced that any extension of the 10-day stay is required,” Schulman said. “Both applications are denied.”

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