Fri. Apr 12th, 2024

From today’s Philadelphia Inquirer:

In Philadelphia, playgrounds and bus stops have become places where domestic workers share their job experiences. Two years ago, Tamara Baxter was sitting at a playground with the child she looked after when a fellow nanny approached her to talk about the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights.

It was the first time in her 22 years as a nanny that Baxter learned she had rights.

According to Nicole Kligerman, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance Pennsylvania chapter, this experience is far too common.

Currently, there’s no federal legislation to protect domestic workers. At a local level, Philadelphia enacted a Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights in 2020. Still, “many employers continue to fail to let their domestic workers know they have rights,” Kligerman said, putting a population that’s primarily women of color in a vulnerable position.

If you’re one of 16,072 caretakers and housekeepers in the city or an employer, here is what you should know about domestic worker rights in Philadelphia.

Read the complete story here.

By Editor