Freelance Journalists Sue State of California Over Impending Gig Worker Law

The American Society of Journalists and Authors, Inc. and the National Press Photographers Association filed a lawsuit against the State of California today, calling Assembly Bill 5—now commonly know as the Gig Worker Law—as unconstitutional.

The legislation is set to become effective January 1, 2020.

California Freelance Writers United applauded ASJA and NPPA’s move to sue the state of California in defense of independent writers and freelance journalists’ constitutional rights,”

“The language of the complaint makes clear that this misguided, woefully ill-informed legislation threatens the livelihoods of proud independent contractors and is an assault on our rights to free speech, the press, and equal protection,” CAFWU founder Maressa Brown said in a statement.

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