Terri Gerstein Calls Out Corporate Opposition to NYC’s Minimum Pay for Delivery Drivers

Terri Gerstein (’95), Director of the State and Local Enforcement Project at the Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Program, penned an opinion for the New York Daily News discussing legal challenges to New York City’s pay rule establishing a minimum pay rate of $17.96 per hour for app-based restaurant delivery workers (“Uber, Doordash & Grubhub Deliver Poverty Wages: App Giants Are Trying to Block NYC Rules on Minimum Pay,” Jul. 26). “[D]elivery workers will get a minimum wage. The City Council — the elected representatives of the public — passed a law requiring it, and city staffers will get this done. In the meantime, apps are paying lawyers to fight, instead of paying their workers enough to live. If gig corporations sincerely want to avoid reputational harm, they could start by valuing their workforce, instead of filing a long-shot lawsuit to keep paying them poorly.”