tyrannized, stuck, beleaguered, subjugated, worse off, crushed, oppressed, out of your depth, pressed, up against something, in deep trouble, deadlocked, overcome, persecuted, wronged, embroiled.
And that's his deaf daughter- poor, downtrodden
Thousands of years of persecution behind her made her quick to appreciate suffering in others, and gave her an innate sense of fellowship with the downtrodden.
I can assure you that the plight of the downtrodden
workers will be alleviated.