Many politicians argue that drivers for ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft who are currently considered independent contractors should be reclassified as employees. Lyft co-founder John Zimmer is open to another way, a new category of employment that would resolve the debate.
"It could make sense to have a third way," Zimmer told CNBC on Tuesday.
"Right now, to us, it's pretty clear where these individuals fall," Zimmer said. "We're excited to be part of the future of work. ... A dialogue about a third way is fine with us."
Zimmer spoke with CNBC on the same day that Uber was holding a rally in New York to fight back against Mayor Bill de Blasio's proposal for a cap on private car company fleet growth to 1 percent a year after they reach 500 cars.
De Blasio cited such issues as increased congestion and pollution for his proposals, which also would include a traffic study to be completed in the next year showing the impact of ridesharing companies.
"There are already many more Uber vehicles than there are Yellow taxis in New York City, and that's just happened in a few years' time," he said at a news conference on July 20. "There's a lot of open questions here that have to be addressed. The logical thing to do in these situations is for government to say, we have to have some rules here, and some regulation."