White Collar

White-collar workers are those working in office environments (wearing white shirts and ties) whereas blue-collar workers work in industrial or agricultural settings (stereotypically wearing blue overalls). Beyond the work environments, the terms infer that white collar workers earn more, are better educated, more skilled, and come from a higher social class (middle class) than blue-collar workers (working class). Extending the metaphor, white-collar crime refers to non-physical crimes such as fraud

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