Nov 22, Reuters -- Delivery company DoorDash Inc is paying more than $5 million to settle an investigation by San Francisco into labor law violations, with the bulk of the money going to delivery workers, the city attorney said on Monday.
San Francisco City Attorney David Chiu said in a statement that DoorDash will pay more than $5.3 million under the agreement. There will be $5.1 million for the nearly 4,500 DoorDash workers who completed deliveries in San Francisco between 2016 and 2020.
Chiu said that we are living in an era of deep inequality and nothing could be more important than to make sure workers are paid fairly and their benefits are safeguarded.
DoorDash was proud of the flexible earning opportunities it offered and did not admit any wrongdoing as part of the settlement.
The settlement will allow us to focus on providing the best experience for Dashers, despite the fact that we deny any wrongdoing.
The city opened a formal investigation into DoorDash in 2019 after media reports said the company was using customer tips to subsidize workers' base pay.
The city claimed DoorDash was misclassifying workers as independent contractors rather than employees, a violation of San Francisco's health care benefit and paid sick leave laws.
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