Profiles of the Latino Workforce: What Are Some Ways to Reduce the Risk of Dying on the Job?
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The competitiveness of thousands of American businesses depends on the contributions of low-skilled workers. However, outdated labor protections, a dysfunctional immigration system, and weakened federal investment in workplace outreach and enforcement have left many low-skill workers vulnerable to exploitation by unscrupulous employers. Due to demographic and labor market shifts, Latinos* have emerged as the group most likely to hold jobs with low wages, insufficient benefits, and dangerous working conditions. The costs to worker well-being and job quality are immense, and Latinos—especially immigrants—are the workers most likely to pay with their lives.