In These Times
Worldwide, 90 percent of domestic workers—the vast majority of whom are
women—do not have access to any kind of social security coverage,
according to the International Labour Organization. In the United
States, an estimated 95 percent of domestic workers are female, foreign
born and/ or persons of color. They frequently lack protections and face
near constant adversity.
In 2010, New York became the first state to sign such a bill into law. Illinois is now the seventh, joining Massachusetts, California, Oregon, Hawaii and Connecticut.
The Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights gives nannies, housecleaners, homecare workers and other domestic workers a minimum wage, protection from discrimination and sexual harassment and one day of rest every seven days for workers employed by one employer for at least 20 hours a week.