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Shannon Liss-Riordan. Shannon Liss-Riordan. (Photo: Jason Doiy/ALM)

A plaintiffs lawyer urged the California Supreme Court on Tuesday to apply its landmark worker-classification decision retroactively, a plea that comes amid broader state and national debates about gig economy workers.

Shannon Liss-Riordan of Lichten & Liss-Riordan argued that the court’s 2018 ruling in Dynamex Operations West v. Superior Court did not constitute a wholesale legal change in defining independent contractors and employees. Instead, Liss-Riordan said, the decision and its ABC test “tightened up” standards for classifying workers.

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