From: Washington Post
This article delves into the movement to expand protections for domestic workers in Washington, D.C., focusing on their exclusion from the city’s Human Rights Act and the efforts to rectify this gap.
Domestic workers, predominantly immigrant women, have mobilized to demand workplace rights and an end to discriminatory practices, inspired by the Me Too movement and energized by an increasingly challenging political climate. Advocates aim to amend the Human Rights Act to include domestic workers, with the ultimate goal of establishing a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights that would ensure paid sick days, mandatory meal breaks, and other crucial protections.
The movement’s growth is fueled by personal stories of discrimination, harassment, and exploitation, driving a worker-led activism that seeks to elevate the visibility and rights of domestic workers in the city.