For many, going out for dinner is a treat at the end of a long week of hard work. It’s a way to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, to spend time with the important people in their life and connect over a good meal. Since the Coronavirus pandemic has forced many restaurants to close their dining rooms, it seems the most common solution for many has become delivery. In a year where so much of business remains in flux, Uber Eats seems to have found a way to capitalize on the resultant discomfort.
Gig workers don’t have many protections in place. They don’t have guaranteed wages, and they don’t have sick pay or health care – things that are crucial in a public health crisis. Now, many gig workers face a dilemma: break the lockdown orders to try to pay the bills or stay home without pay.