The Dangers of Being a Temp Worker

In the current economy, companies are under additional pressure to cut corners and to bolster their bottom-line. This means exploring ways to save money on a labor force. For many employers, reducing costs means cutting out permanent employees and hiring temporary help as needed. The benefits of temporary help are varied–companies do not have to pay workers’ compensation insurance, they do not owe benefits, and they are not required to pay overtime. Though corporations benefit, temporary employees are vulnerable to lost legal protections.


In cities nationwide, temporary workers will line street corners or wait in abandoned warehouses to get approval for temporary work. These are regular employees of temporary agencies, who are supplied to large corporations. Temporary employees are responsible for any number of tasks, including preparation of frozen foods, waste management, and farming. They are responsible for stocking, packing, and shipment. Throughout America, temporary workers are an integral part of the economy. Our Charlotte work accident attorneys are dedicated to helping workers protect their rights and health.

Many victims of temporary work or “day labor” are immigrants. Researchers have dubbed the word “temp towns” to describe cities where Latinos and others are completely dependent on work provided by temp agencies. In many cities, out of work employees are forced to find employment at a temp agency before they can establish permanent employment.

Temporary employees face a number of dangers. In many cases, working conditions go unregulated. Companies also avoid responsibilities including workers’ compensation claims, unemployment taxes, union initiatives, and it does not require employers to guarantee that workers are citizens. Temporary employees are vulnerable to injuries and according to reports, many of these workers endure long hours unpaid, and fees that reduces overall income.

The number of workers in the temp sector has grown: almost one-fifth of total job growth since 2009 is in temping. Temping has grown exponentially faster than permanent employment positions. The majority of this work is in factories and warehouses.

Economists suggest that the temporary worker market will grow even after the end of the recession.

In Greenville County, one in every 12 workers was a temp employee in 2012. There are many “temp towns” throughout the state and many workers have done the same factor work for years without having the benefits of full-time employment.

In the event of a worker injury, temporary workers will face injustices and difficulties when filing claims. Corporations can often evade responsibility asserting that they are not the employer. Though temporary workers undoubtedly benefit employers, temporary workers are at a significant disadvantage and risk.

Today’s temporary workers face harsh working conditions, long hours and may not make the wages they are entitled to. In the event of a serious accident or injury, these workers’ may face additional challenges when seeking to collect benefits. Undocumented workers face additional risks, because if they complain about working conditions, they could also face deportation.

In addition to working conditions, workers may be exposed to dangerously crowded traveling vans, forcing workers to crouch in small spaces. Some workers have also claimed to have been stranded at a work site. Even after all of this, many temporary workers are forced to pay for their own ride.

Workers’ compensation benefits are generally only available to full-time employees; however, temporary and contract workers who face abuse, may be the workers that are in greatest need of compensation after an accident.

If you have been denied workers’ compensation or need an advocate to help you file a claim, contact the Lee Law Offices today by calling 800-887-1965.

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