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White American Retail Workers Are Getting More Hours on the Job

July 16, 2020, 8:00 AM

For hourly workers, time is literally money. But how that time is doled out can be far from equal.

White workers in U.S. retail and food-service industries are more likely to get regular shift work than other employees, according to a recent study published in the American Sociological Review. They are less likely to have “on-call” shifts where work is uncertain, made involuntary part-timers due to a lack of shifts, have difficulty getting time off, have their shifts canceled or work back-to-back closing and opening shifts.

“What we find is that, pretty much across the board, White people have better schedules than workers of...

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