New York City taxi regulators have been sued by Lyft and Juno over rules establishing a minimum wage for rideshare drivers. The policy, which went into effect on February 1, is expected to see drivers receive at least $17.22 per hour after expenses, if upheld. The wage floor is expected to raise average rideshare driver pay by $9,600 annually. Lyft is arguing that implementation will benefit larger companies—i.e. Uber. Labor organizers who have been fighting to establish the minimum refuted this notion. “The idea that this lawsuit is about anything other than avoiding paying drivers a fair wage is laughable,” said Jim Conigliaro, Jr. Founder of the Independent Drivers Guild. [CNN]

Lyft fighting NYC minimum wage increase