How Uber and Airbnb Created a Parasite Economy

An examination of more than a dozen companies reveals the nuances between gig platforms and their workers

Uber and Lyft drivers demonstrate outside the Beverly Hills home of Uber co-founder Garrett Camp to protest the first day of an “IPO cash out” and discriminatory wages on November 6, 2019. Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Uber and Lyft’s high-profile battle with California over its AB5 law, which requires them to classify their drivers as employees, has driven the debate over gig workers and their platforms to a fever pitch…