Roosevelt Institute | Cornell University

Worker Rights: A Lens for Economic Policymaking

By Kelly McClure Published October 24, 2014

The misclassification of Day Laborers as Independent Contractors generates a climate of exploitation. Not only are workers deprived of legal rights such as worker's compensation, but employers who misclassify workers are able to exploit the market. By paying lower wages (wage theft) these companies create unfair market conditions in which they evade paying taxes, avoid liability for worker injuries and often expose workers to hazardous working conditions with few repercussions.