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Balancing Act: Low-wage workers struggle to care for families, keep jobs

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The past few years have been particularly tough. As businesses have struggled to stay afloat, low-wage workers increasingly have endured the consequences. Many have had their hours cut and sometimes are even forced to work off the clock. Others have been stiffed out of pay when businesses abruptly closed. And some have been subjected to bosses who fire them for taking a day off to care for a sick child or family member.
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