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CA sues Uber & Lyft for misclassifying employees, cheating taxpayers; Plus: The birth control case at the Supreme Court; and what happened to Jonathan Bandabaila? A year later, family still demands answers

0:08 – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra files lawsuit against Gig employers for misclassification of employees.

Brian Chen is staff attorney at the National Employment Law Project (@NelpNews), focusing on independent contractors and gig workers.

0:20 – This morning, the US Supreme Court is hearing opening arguments today on whether employers can claim religious or moral exemptions to cover birth control under the Affordable Care Act (ADA).

Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady) is Senior Legal Analyst at Rewire.News. She also co-hosts the podcast Boom! Lawyered.

0:34 – Disability during COVID pandemic

Katie Savin, MSW (@KSavin) is a disabled community activist and a PhD student in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley.

1:08 – A look at what’s happening in red states reopening: Georgia and Texas

Amanda Mull (@amandamull) is a staff writer at The Atlantic covering health. Her piece is titled “Georgia’s Experiment in Human Sacrifice.”

1:18 – R.G. Ratcliffe (@rgratcliffe) is writer at large for Texas Monthly magazine. 

1:34 – Amid Covid-19, indigenous people in California face disproportionate health vulnerabilities and are being undercounted on death certificates. We check in with public health advocate and Yurok Tribe member Virginia Hedrick.

Virginia Hedrick is executive director of the California Consortium for Urban Indian Health (@CCUIH_CA), and a member of the Yurok Tribe. 

1:45 – One year ago, Jonathan Bandabaila, 19, disappeared in Oakland. The family is still fighting for answers about what happened to him, and say the Oakland Police Department has stonewalled and refused to do a thorough investigation.

Fallah Bandabaila is the father of Jonathan.

Harrison Bandabaila is the brother of Jonathan.

Michele Lazaneo is an advocate and spokesperson for the family. 

The family is raising funds to hire a private investigator, via a GoFundMe page here. 

 

 

 

 

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