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Exotic dancers rally against local lawmaker over workers rights

Posted at 6:42 PM, Feb 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-28 21:42:26-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV)- It was a battle over workers rights at a rally downtown Thursday. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez directly addressing the group against her proposed Assembly Bill.

Assembly Bill 5 would affect any independent contractor including Uber and Lyft drivers, yoga teachers even hairdressers.

The group at Thursday’s rally was made up mostly of adult entertainers. “I’ve been doing fine I like the freedom to educate myself and if someone’s going to stop me from that I want to do something about that and voice my opinion," one woman told 10News.

The bill would make many independent contractors full time employees, forcing employers to provide overtime, health care and sick leave.

Assemblywoman Gonzalez rebutted the group today. "There’s nothing in the law that says an employee has to work from 9 to 6. Any employer can tell you to work two hours, one hour, any hours you choose. There’s nothing in the law that says an employer can’t be flexible.”

Some say they don’t want it because they prefer the flexibility and freedom to decide hours that comes with independent contracting.