NYC: Ride-hailing apps must pay drivers minimum wage: judge

A Manhattan judge has refused to halt a new city rule that will require ride-hail apps to pay their drivers a minimum wage starting Friday.

“If they were to get the temporary restraining order they were requesting the drivers would not be protected at all,” Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Andrea Masley said.

Instead Masley told apps Juno and Lyft to put the additional pay in an escrow account until a legal challenge is resolved.

The two ride-share companies sued to block the pay hike early Wednesday morning claiming it would be too expensive and give market leader Uber a larger advantage.