When Flexibility Hurts

Women at both ends of the labor spectrum share problems rooted in business employment practices. Professional workers suffer from an overload of work with punishing hours and a need to be constantly tethered to a mobile device. On the other hand, women working retail and other low-paying hourly jobs are struggling to find enough work to make ends meet. Weekly shifts are often posted only a few days in advance and the hours are irregular and unpredictable. Neither situation is ideal for women trying to raise a family and both are made possible by the Fair Labor Standards Act, which places no mandatory overtime for full-time employees and no mandatory minimum hours for hourly workers.

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