Seattle really pissed off gig economy companies by imposing $2.50 in hazard pay for each food delivery order during the pandemic. Itâ€™s no surprise that some of the big companies stiffed their workersâ€”but there is a surprise here: Seattleâ€™s Office of Labor Standards (OLS) successfully pressured DoorDash and Postmates to do internal audits and pay up.
â€śAfter receiving calls from gig workers, OLS contacted the companies, informing them that if the companies resolved issues regarding premium pay and paid workers back pay and interest by a certain date, OLS would forego a formal investigation,â€ť OLS told Eater Seattle. In all, DoorDash paid $111,435 to 2,998 Seattle workers, and Postmates paid $250,515 to 2,975 workers.
â€ťThe city is making clear to these multi-billion dollar delivery companies that theyâ€™re not above the law,â€ť Rachel Lauter, executive director of Working Washington and Fair Work Center, said in a statement. â€śOur worker protections are only as good as our ability to enforce them, and Seattle is demonstrating once again why we’re a national model for enforcing labor standards.â€ť
This blog originally appeared at Daily Kos on September 26, 2020. Reprinted with permission.
About the Author: Laura Clawson is a Daily Kos contributing editor since December 2006. Full-time staff since 2011, currently assistant managing editor.