Being poor, Williams found, can get expensive, just as the Post’s DeNeen L. Brown detailed in “The High Cost of Poverty: Why the Poor Pay More.”
Workers’ rights are a high-profile subject now, from striking fast-food workers, to wage theft, to the clamor to raise the minimum wage. Now, more than ever, the retail sector is filled with workers who are over-qualified, over-educated, and underpaid. Williams said he deliberately dumbed himself down to increase his chances at getting hired.
President Obama announced in his State of the Union address that he would sign an executive order raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for federal contractors, and will sign another expanding overtime pay for the same group.
Williams eventually left the sporting goods store to take a temporary job as a communications director for a non-profit.