June 2022

The New School Center for NYC Affairs: For one in 10 New York Workers: ‘Independent Contractor’ Means Underpaid and Unprotected

Contributors: James Parrott; L.K. Moe

Issues Areas: Jobs

This Robin Hood-funded report from The New School Center for NYC Affairs reveals that 873,000 workers in many of New York State’s major low-paying industries are wrongly classified as “independent contractors.” These misclassified, low-paid full-time workers – including 190,000 “gig workers” – only earn 69 percent as much as fulltime payroll employees do.