This is a short story or novelette I likely read in the early 1990s, probably in a magazine or anthology.
The story starts with a woman spaceship pilot, whose name may be "Gemma" or something like that, arriving at a base or colony. The pilot has a mind-computer interface jack in the back of her head, and for some unexplained reason is an empath. I believe it takes place on another planet, because I remember there being something about the oppressed workers needing to pay for air.
She meets some of the workers, who are probably mostly miners, in a bar and learns that the evil company they work for had taken some of their kids hostage. I think this was because the company wanted to trap the workers in their jobs; they had been setting up to go off on their own, or something like that. If I'm remembering correctly, the miners had staked a couple of their own to go prospecting, and they might have found enough that the company wanted to steal it. I recall they might have referred to the company as "All mine" as a joke on its name (maybe "Allied Mining" or "Allied Minerals?") and the way it behaved.
The pilot isn't one of the workers, but her empathy compels her to help them, and her neural link becomes plot-relevant when it's the only way for the workers to chase down the company ship that's taking their kids away. The link may also become a wedge between her and the bartender in a romantic subplot?
The viewpoint character might actually have been the bartender, not the pilot, since I don't recall any of her internal monologue, and I seem to remember the story opening with an "Oh god, what's she doing here, she's going to get killed." thought when she first walks into the bar. But the pilot (because empathy?) walks directly to the meanest, and most hurting, patron and completely emotionally disarms her? him? and so saves herself from getting beat up.
I really want to say the bartender's name was "Crazy Eddie" but I'm a bit concerned that's a conflation with Niven. If that's correct, though, his bar might have been called "Crazy Eddie's Kingdom."