Scheduling: How Employers Throw Working Women Under The Bus

Apparently the sale of sexy women's underwear is so volatile that, until recently, workers at Victoria's Secret were required to call in every morning to find out if they had a shift that day. Whether or not they would be needed, they had to be available just in case underwire bras or negligees were in unexpectedly high demand.
Like many issues affecting low-wage workers, women bear the brunt of bad policies.
The workers I interviewed in writing my book, Under the Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over, described in vivid and painful detail how hard it was to complete their degree, take care of children or elderly parents, and earn money they desperately needed -- not to mention the wear and tear on their bodies from constantly-changing sleep patterns and the impact on their ability to have a private life -- when they didn't know when they might have to work, when they might have to stay late or start early, or when they might lose a shift altogether. Despite giving their employers advance notice of when they were available for work and when they had a conflict, such as a class or family responsibility, these women continued to get shifts that disrupted their other commitments. The only options they had were to skip class, be absent from family obligations, or lose their job.