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Just Employers: Park Slope Parents Advocate for Domestic Workers’ Rights


In 2010, New York ratified landmark legislation for domestic workers, a group excluded from the legal protections—such as the right to organize and collectively bargain—granted by the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. The Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights gave domestic workers the right to overtime pay, paid days of rest and protection against sexual or racial harassment.

Yet many employers are unaware of these new provisions. And last week, the first national survey of domestic workers found 23% earn less than their state’s minimum wage—and for workers who live with their employers, the number ...