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
In a 2016 Pew Research Surveyof gig workers reported that the money they earned from those platforms was "essential" or "important" to their overall financial situation
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
WHY IT MATTERS
Unfortunately, for some, gig work is the only option. That leaves people struggling to get by on as little as $4 to $5 per hour before taxes, and without employer-provided health insurance.
We need your help
If you are a gig worker and believe that your pay has been inappropriately withheld, you may file a complaint with the Fair Labor Section by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org