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Stressed, Unsafe, and Insecure: Essential Workers Need A New, New Deal

Clare Hammonds, Jasmine Kerrissey & Donald Tomaskovic-Devey
 
With some of the strongest labor protections in the country, Massachusetts is probably one of the best states to be an essential worker. Even with those protections, our survey of over 2500 essential workers in Massachusetts from April 24 to May 1, 2020 found they faced widespread safety, stress, and family insecurity hardships. The hardships we found for essential workers in Massachusetts are likely to be even worse elsewhere in the country. 

 


 

How the COVID-19 Recession Affects Low Wage Workers

Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, Rodrigo Dominguez-Villegas & Eric Hoyt
 

Almost 80% of all U.S. private sector employment is in the service sector, totally some 129 million jobs. The coronavirus pandemic poses a unique threat to these, either by eliminating jobs or putting workers at greater risk of infection. They are also among the least equipped to deal with these risks. 

 


 

Where Are the Hispanic Executives?

J.D. Swerzenski, Donald Tomaskovic-Devey & Eric Hoyt
 

Despite their status as the largest U.S. minority group, among the four largest U.S. ethnic groups Hispanics executives are the least likely to get executive level jobs. As our analysis of EEOC employment data for large and mid-sized companies shows, these rates vary greatly by city.

 


 

Employer’s Responses to Sexual Harassment

Carly McCann, Donald Tomaskovic-Devey and M. V. Lee Badgett
 

#MeToo, #TimesUp, and related movements have brought renewed attention to workplace sexual harassment. However in everyday workplaces, the vast majority of allegations go unreported, and those that do report tend to face troubling outcomes.

 

 


 

Is Silicon Valley Tech Diversity Possible Now?

Donald Tomaskovic-Devey & Joo-Hee Han
 
In this report, we ask a set of new questions: Are all of the largest firms in the Northern California Tech sector consistently tilted toward white men? Or, as we suspect, is there important firm variation in the ability to recruit and retain a more diverse workforce? Are there firms that demonstrate that diversity is currently possible in Silicon Valley?