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Low-wage South Asian workers in the U.S. hard hit by coronavirus business downturn


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As Americans scramble to buy face masks and hand sanitizers to guard against growing coronavirus infection, an equally serious concern is growing alongside the pandemic scare, especially among low-wage workers, about how the contagion would impact their livelihood even after the virus has been contained.

Layoffs are increasing almost daily as businesses are made to shut down because of the deadly infection, prompting people to seek unemployment benefits. Blue-collar employees, including domestic workers, food and hospitality workers, home health aides, taxi drivers and nail and hair salon industry workers, many of whom are South Asians, are desperately looking for financial help from any quarter possible to be able to put food on the table and save their families.

“Like other communities, low-wage workers of South Asian origin, including Indian Americans, are economically upended by the virus and the lack of basic workers’ protection as they tend to lose jobs across sectors,” Sarita Gupta, Director of the Future of Work(ers) Program at the Ford foundation in New York who was formerly director at Jobs With Justice, a union rights organization, told this correspondent.

Contrary to popular belief there is a large section of PIO's in the low wage jobs,

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