Because Gig workers are usually classified as independent contractors, uncertainty lingers around what protections they have-if any-if they are injured while working, and whether they will eventually receive Social Security retirement benefits
Various applications that connect people with others who perform a variety of tasks or projects, from dog walking, to data entry, to ridesharing.
- Those who obtain work via gig economy platforms are commonly known as gig workers.
- Generally do not enjoy basic labor and employment protection such as:
- A minimum wage or overtime
- Protection against workplace discrimination
- Workplace health and safety standards
- Unemployment Compensation
- Workers' Compensation
- The right to engage in collective action with their fellow gig workers to improve their wages and working conditions