It sounds like something out of a horror movie: a woman trapped in a house facing attack, desperately looking for a way out and ways to defend herself. But in the case of domestic workers, this can be real life. Since their workplace is private and home-based, abuse can happen behind closed doors. The employees are generally excluded from Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars workplace discrimination, including sexual harassment – but it only applies if the employer has 15 or more employees. They also lack OSHA protections. Most are women and immigrants, some undocumented, and are afraid to report what happened. Now, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) plans to introduce a national domestic workers’ bill of rights, which would reverse the exclusions of domestic workers from key labor laws.

Read the full story by Claire Savage and Moriah Balingit for the Associated Press, published here:


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