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Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Brings Worker Justice to Undocumented Workers

The California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, proposed by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, the bill that would make the state the first in the nation to mandate time-and-a-half pay for home-based employees who work more than 9 hours a day or 45 hours a week, PASSED the CA state legislature and is headed to Governor Brown’s desk for final passage.

As in the rest of the working world, a domestic worker’s immigration status impacts her pay and her work life. Undocumented domestic workers are more likely than workers with legal status or citizenship to report being assigned work beyond their job descriptions. Some 77 percent of undocumented domestic workers reported working while sick, injured or in pain, compared to 66 percent of all domestic workers surveyed, and just 56 of U.S.-born domestic workers via Colorlines study.