A California state court judge has refused to grant an emergency motion in a case against Lyft Inc. that would reclassify drivers as employees, so that they can take advantage of state-mandated paid sick leave during the coronavirus pandemic.

In an order Thursday, Judge Ethan Schulman of San Francisco County Superior Court denied the Lyft drivers’ emergency motion for preliminary injunction and granted motions brought by Lyft’s Keker, Van Nest & Peters counsel to compel arbitration and stay the case.

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