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Minority Shift Workers More Likely to Face Unstable Schedules

The pandemic has worsened shift stability, new research said.

A restaurant worker cleans the kitchen.

A restaurant worker cleans the kitchen.

Photographer: Cheney Orr/Bloomberg

The pandemic has worsened disparities between White and minority workers in the retail, food service and hospitality industries when it comes to schedule instability, according to new research.

Men and women of color were more likely than White men and women to say they had less than two weeks’ advance notice of their schedules, according to a research brief from the Harvard Kennedy School and the University of California San Francisco.  The percentages of workers of color reporting this are higher than before the pandemic.