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In On­tario, there are at least 45 oc­cu­pa­tions that can be legally de­nied a host of ba­sic rights, leav­ing thou­sands of the most pre­car­i­ous work­ers ex­posed. Maria Fa­rooqi, a sin­gle mother and build­ing su­per­in­ten­dent, is one of them, Sara Mojtehedzadeh re­ports


Maria Fa­rooqi, 46, is the woman tak­ing out your condo’s garbage, mop­ping its floors and scoop­ing up drunks from the lobby. But she’s not even en­ti­tled to min­i­mum wage.

Maria’s work day starts with the ris­ing sun. At 6 a.m., she be­gins by check­ing the wa­ter pres­sure in her 110-unit condo build­ing at Jane and Finch. As a live-in build­ing su­per­in­ten­dent, she is not en­ti­tled to rest pe­ri­ods, overtime pay or lim­its on...

At 7 p.m., Maria fin­ishes her last task: wip­ing the ground floor’s light fix­tures clean of dead in­sects. Even when she re­tires to her apart­ment, she can rarely put her day be­hind her. Once, she was wo­ken up at 1 a.m. when a drunken res­i­dent tried to...

Maria has worked as a su­per for 18 years. Past em­ploy­ers un­der­stood the stress of the job, and were le­nient when she needed a break. This build­ing is dif­fer­ent: Last week, she worked 88 hours. Her er­ratic sched­ule makes it dif­fi­cult to have a real...

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