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 "The economic fallout of the pandemic is already catastrophic: a quarter of businesses shuttered to protect public health and more than 26 million workers fled for unemployment during the first five weeks of the partial shutdown. This economic shock hit at a time when low-wage workers were already struggling with fat paychecks and exorbitant costs for basic needs like housing and health care, and the vast majority have little or no savings to weather an emergency. Just like the health crisis itself, the economic crisis is hitting workers of color hardest. They are experiencing more layoffs and greater financial hardship than White workers, and are disproportionately among the essential workers—grocery store clerks, bus drivers, health- care aides, and others—who risk exposure to the virus while earning low wages, few benefits, and often no sick time."

 



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Professor Emerita of Law
The University of Dayton School of Law

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