Reveal: Update: Decoding discrimination in America’s temp industry

By Julia B. Chan, Reveal

Image: Workers know when they’re being harassed on the job, but it’s much harder to figure out why they didn’t get hired in the first place. CREDIT: Michael I Schiller/Reveal

Earlier this year, Reveal reporter Will Evans told us about the discrimination certain temp workers face.

In case you missed it: A blatant system of racial discrimination pervades the temporary jobs sector – which is one of the nation’s fastest-growing industries in terms of employment.

So what happened when we revealed that some people were hired based not on their résumé, but on the color of their skin?

This hour of Reveal revisits the three stories about how some temp agencies hire by race and who loses out. And we’ll bring you up to date on what’s happened since they originally aired.

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Reveal is a weekly radio program produced by The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX. For more, check out our website and subscribe to our podcast.




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