California Proposes Law Protecting Restaurants on Delivery Apps


by Madeline Wells

Recently, some San Francisco restaurants have been alarmed to find their food listed for delivery on third-party apps, such as Grubhub and DoorDash, despite never giving them consent to do so. Even Michelin-starred Kin Khao, which doesn’t do delivery at all (or even box up food for takeout), was listed on Grubhub.

On Tuesday, California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) — who also authored AB 5, which requires businesses to reclassify gig workers as employees — introduced legislation to stop this from happening.

Assembly Bill 2149, known as the Fair Food Delivery Act would require food delivery apps to share certain information about customers, such as location and email address, with restaurants they are delivering from.

“We need to level the playing field for mom-and-pop restaurants that are being taken advantage of by big tech,” Assemblywoman Gonzalez said in a press release. “Restaurants shouldn’t fear losing their customers when they don’t agree to the conditions of some multi-million dollar food delivery app. This bill will put the power back in the hands of small business owners in California.”

Read more from our source: SFGate

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