Governor Brown to sign SB 552 into law today, ending 77 years of exclusion
Salem, OR - June 17, 2015
The struggle of Oregon domestic workers will be vindicated today when Governor Brown signs the Oregon Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights (SB 552) into law.
The Oregon Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights corrects an historic wrong by including domestic workers in the basic labor laws afforded most other workers. Domestic workers were intentionally excluded from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) as a concession to Southern politicians in the early 1900’s. This exclusion was mirrored on the state level, creating an unregulated and underground economy that left the state’s approximate 10,000 domestic workers subject to widespread mistreatment and abuse.