Domestic workers, who are usually women, immigrants, or trafficking victims, find themselves vulnerable to labor exploitation because they are not protected by the National Labor Relations Act or the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
Domestic workers tend be paid minimum wage and are not granted overtime, sick days, paid vacation, protection from discrimination, the right to organize, or other standard labor protections. They are not guaranteed advance notice of termination or the right to annual cost of living pay increases.
The New York State senate recently passed the New York State Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, which ensures many more protections for the workers who care for so many of our loved ones including children and the elderly. On the heels of this victory, California also has the opportunity to level the playing field by enacting a similarly comprehensive bill of rights which seeks to eliminate discriminatory provisions in the labor code and grant domestic workers basic rights that other California workers gain through collective bargaining.