Extended interview with Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez regarding AB 5
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Last Thursday, a small group of freelancers and independent contractors held a peaceful protest outside the office of Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher, the author of the controversial ‘gig-worker’ bill AB 5.
AB 5 is the new law that requires independent and contract workers to be considered employees of a company, rather than independent workers.
The group that gathered outside was a mix of both Republicans and Democrats but they all had one thing in common, AB 5 had either put them completely out of work, or has already caused them to lose income.
KUSI has been conducting a series of interviews with people who have been impacted by the bill, but we have not yet had anyone reach out that has benefited from Lorena Gonzalez’s bill.
Plante also sat down with Gonzalez and spoke with her for almost 20 minutes about the impact AB 5 is having on so many Californians, including the specific ones that have been interviewed on KUSI.
Lorena Gonzalez specifically asked Dan Plante to interview someone who is happy with the law, which KUSI News would be happy to do, but so far, we have not heard from anyone who has benefited that is willing to speak out.
Gonzalez referred a translator to us who she said received a full time job because of AB 5, but he didn’t want to be on camera, he didn’t want his name to be used, nor where he will be working publicized.
All of KUSI’s AB 5 stories can be seen at: www.kusi.com/ab5