Are gig economy workers independent contractors or employees?

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An Uber Eats food delivery driver cycles along a very busy Oxford Road in Manchester. One of a growing number of delivery riders for Uber's food delivery service as demand in Manchester increases. Photo credit: shopblocks/CC 2.0, via Flickr

A lot of app-based companies like Uber, GrubHub, and Doordash like to classify their workers as independent contractors rather than employees. However, thanks to a landmark decision the California Supreme Court made last year, that’s getting harder to do. But some people, like exotic dancers and hair stylists, don’t want to be classified as employees.