HARTFORD — Nannies, maids, gardeners, personal chefs, chauffeurs and caregivers for the elderly are asking Connecticut to change labor laws to require that they be paid at least the minimum wage.
Currently, domestic workers and farm workers are excluded from federal laws that established the right to a minimum wage and to overtime.
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Natalacia Tracy, a leader in getting Massachusetts to pass such a law, said Tuesday it's time for Connecticut to become the fifth state to expand protections for domestic workers.
"We are here asking for basic rights," she said at a press conference on the capitol steps. "The right to be paid for all the time you work."
In the last session, lawmakers voted to create a task force to study the issue, which Tracy serves on. She said she expects the task force to endorse this bill.
This year, the bill was passed out of the labor committee and is awaiting a vote on the floor.
A Unitarian minister and Yale law student also spoke out for domestic workers.