Addressing Labor Market Inequalities

Addressing Labor Market Inequalities The Internet and the thousands of apps that have been created that allow remote work have, in conjunction with the Coronavirus, polarized the labor market. Yet thousands of people have no choice but to go to work because of the need to be physically present. Waiters and waitresses, cleaners, cooks, drivers, warehouse workers, gardeners, retail associates, health care aides, hospital administrators and clerks, to name just a few, receive low wages and many have been laid off due to this virus or work in hazardous places. They have no safety net and no health care. Many do not have any access the Internet and struggle to even apply for unemployment. Meanwhile those able to work from home, often because they have higher education and better skills, are still getting a paycheck and are better protected from getting the Coronavirus.

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