The conveniences that technology start-ups are bringing us — instant access to cars, groceries, and homes; help cleaning our kitchens — might make our lives simpler, but the same can’t be said for a large portion of their employees. Companies like Uber, Lyft, and Homejoy are spending big to subsidize the acquisition of new customers, promoting their brands and giving away discounts for their products. And while it might seem like a great deal for users, it’s also creating a new, precarious branch of the labor force in the name of innovation and job-creation.
The Dangerous Rise of the Temporary Technology Worker
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