Hard Earned: A documentary series that follows five families around the United States to learn what it really means to get by on $8, $10 or $15 an hour. Focusing a lens on this diverse group of 21st-century American dreamers, the series gives a close-up on the challenges they face to thrive in a society that demands that they work longer and harder to survive.
In one story, DJ steps up union activity to support his co-workers. Meanwhile, Jose and Elizabeth put it all on the line to improve their living situation, and Emilia gets an unexpected job opportunity. In another story, Percy receives a $1.50/hour pay raise in a new custodial job, while Takita prepares for a church celebration. These geographically and ethnically diverse multigenerational Americans’ character exposes explicit campaign regulation disparities and every-day trials.