David Fredrick is a male office assistant working for a Tuscan software house in Virginia. David is 34 years old. He is a hardworking and well-presented informal employee. He has completed his high school diploma. He has a wife and daughter in his family. He is working in this software house for 4 years on an post of office assistant. He assists employees in doing clerical work and brings tea or coffee to their desks. The global pandemic has impacted domestic employees on a massive level. Domestic workers like David Fredrick are suffering in the covid-19 lockdown because of a lack of access to health security and unemployment insurance.
David has been struggling financially to fulfill his basic needs during this pandemic because he could not administer work from home in his profession and his office did not cooperate with him. When David was approached by a social welfare organization, which helps David with his basic financial expenses, he was anxious and nervous about losing his job by stated his views in the interview. Davis stated that for the entire year, his office was closed administering work from home (due to Covid-19). This year, he had to struggle financially for his family because the company did not pay him these months. Though the company did not fire him stating it as a kind gesture to help them, they did not compensate their domestic staff with any financial allowance in this tough year.
Furthermore, David claims that the decision of not to fire their domestic staff and office assistants was just a façade, but in reality, they did not compensate at all during this rough year. David approached his manager of the software house for financial assistance, but his request was declined due to the reason that the company is financially suffering because of losing two major contracts. David emotionally stated, “I survived these tough months by approaching Virginia food stamps by applying in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) from the Virginia department of social services” (Fredrick). During the interview, David was anxious to answer some questions because he feared that company might fire him for speaking against them. He was assured that his identity will be confidential throughout the process.
In brief, the domestic staff, security guards, cleaners, office assistants, and errand boys have suffered the most in the covid-19 lockdown because these workers could not administer work from home. The employers did not cater to the concerns of their informal employees. Either they lost their jobs or they were not paid in this tough year. David’s interview validates the financial problems faced by these people. This crucial situation requires attention and cardinal policies to mitigate these circumstances.
Fredrick, David. “Interview” Conducted by Margaret Presume, 15 January, 2020.