After reading the article on “The theory of leisure class”, it is obvious to see the distinction between classes when it comes to labor and leisure time. The working class, often working a high number of hours, is never able to have any leisure time due to the work load that they have at their workplace. You can call it exploitation but there is a clear notion that the individuals with a stronger relationship with the means of production do not have to work as much. This available “leisure” is a characteristic that separates the working class and the higher class. The working class must work long hours in order to survive, and the high class even going back to barbaric times would always have the ability to have to work much less due to the nature of work that they had.
In modern times this is still very much true. A working class individual must always work long and hard hours in order to survive, while the people in higher social groups/classes have jobs such as doctors, dentists, and lawyers, that do not require much labor but are considered of higher status. This also allows them to accumulate wealth at a higher rate while having this “leisure” time to rest.