Freelancing is on the rise, thanks in large part to technology. The modern internet allows people to work from anywhere, access short-term gigs on the regular, and even drive a cab on your own schedule (see: Uber, Lyft). Silicon Valley is saving us all from boring desk jobs, and traditional full-time employment is fading away.
But it turns out, making a living as a contractor depends a lot on your socioeconomic background. Without government safety nets or checks on abusive hiring practices, this trend has put many people at risk.
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