What is it about?

This commentary calls attention to the factors that make low-wage workers uniquely vulnerable to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. After considering the potential impact on the mental health of this population, recommendations are provided to support and uplift low-wage workers.

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Why is it important?

Low-wage workers are and will continue to be impacted by COVID-19 more severely than other workers, and these roles are disproportionately held by women of all races and minority men. The present commentary identifies potential adverse effects on the mental health of this population, and provides recommendations to maintain the safety, wellbeing, and dignity of low-wage workers.


Despite being a pressing reality for millions of workers in the United States, low-wage work is often overlooked in organizational psychology. I think it's so important to call attention to and understand the experiences of low-wage workers.

Marc Cubrich
The University of Akron

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This page is a summary of: On the frontlines: Protecting low-wage workers during COVID-19., Psychological Trauma Theory Research Practice and Policy, August 2020, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/tra0000721.
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