The Biden administration has targeted noncompete agreements. But other tactics depress worker wages.

When Fredy Amador worked as a quality technical specialist for a temp agency in Chicago, he and his co-workers had more or less the same jobs as the permanent employees, who tended to be white. “We used to work in the same department, we used to be co-workers,” Amador told The American Prospect. “We did the same testing. Everything was the same. We used to work at the same desks, same computers.”

Because Amador was a temporary worker, he didn’t get the same pay or benefits, despite working for the company for six years. But when Amador asked about switching to full-time work, he was told that the company had no permanent slots. This made no sense to someone who was effectively a full-time temp.