Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

How do the assumptions o supervisors such as ted affect their employees?

Ehrenreich hears ted say that he is not a bad guy and cares a lot about his girls

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Ted is in many ways a villain in the classic vein; he is defined largely by his actions, most of them reprehensible, and makes a point of continually demeaning his (all female) employees. From reading about Ted, he almost sounds like a caricature. Of course guys like Ted intimidated women and scared them. He knew they needed work and used his power to manipulate them. I don't really know if he was a pimp but I imagine he wasn't a very nice person.