The U.S. Chamber of Commerce filed an Amicus Brief to urge the U.S. District Court, Central District of California to grant Plaintiffs’ Motion for a Preliminary Injunction and enjoin defendants from enforcing AB 5 against them, or otherwise causing it to be enforced against them, pending final judgment.
In September 2019, the State of California adopted Assembly Bill 5 (“AB 5”), which purports to cure the “harm” and “unfairness” to workers who are “exploited” when they are classified as independent contractors rather than employees under state labor and wage and hour laws. AB 5, Section 1(b), (d). But AB 5 has already had precisely the opposite effect, making it more difficult for countless workers (and would-be workers) to earn their livelihood. The law likewise harms businesses, the consuming public, and the state’s economy writ large. For these reasons, the court should grant plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction.