Ehrenreich is not treated fairly by management because she is a woman Ibelieve, when she is working for Ted. He does not treat Barbara or any of the other employees with respect, until Barbara yells at him, and he still only is kind to her and not the other girls. I believe the jobs that are open to low income woman are very limited. I believe they only have a few options such as being a maid, or a waitress. As you see time and time again the manager position is filled by a male, not a female. "I'm taking it, rules or no rules, and if word gets back to Ted, I'll just say I thought it would be rude to refuse" (84). Ted is the manager and he is a very mean guy so when Barara is did something she wasn't supposed to do she was trying to cover for herself because he is such a mean boss.
"The big question is why Ted's approval means so much" (117). Even though Ted is a rude boss who doesn't treat his workers right they still try ad satisfy him no matter what. This shows these maids are willing to go through some rough times at work just to keep there jobs. It would be hard for them to find other jobs if they quit because there is such a limited window for low income woman when in comes to jobs. Ted feels he can treat these woman in a horrible way because he feels supieor because he is the male and the boss. Neither of those things gives someone the right to treat woman as poorly as Ted did.