When I heard about the death of Maria Fernandes, an exhausted worker who died while napping in her car between two of her four jobs, I felt an my immense sadness that quickly turned to anger. Maria was a victim of an economic condition that grinds up low-wage workers, particularly women.
A New Jersey woman who died while napping in her car between work shifts is just one of the many stories that detail the struggle low-wage workers face.
Though Fernandes didn't have any children, according to police, for many women working low-wage jobs, these issues are compounded
Fernandes, who was born in Portugal before emigrating to the U.S., was beloved by co-workers like Parth Patel, who worked
Maria Fernandes worked multiple jobs to get by and was planning on taking time off on Friday to celebrate the birthday of Michael Jackson.