From: Washington City Paper
The article discusses the Domestic Worker Employment Rights Amendment Act of 2022 in Washington, D.C., which aims to provide protections for domestic workers against workplace discrimination and exploitation. The bill, introduced by At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman, is currently being considered by the Committee on Labor & Workforce Development.
The proposed legislation requires employers who hire domestic workers for more than five hours per month to provide a written contract outlining standards for pay, hours, and job scope. It also aims to extend workplace discrimination and safety protections to domestic workers, primarily Black and Brown women.
The article highlights the support from faith leaders and the experiences of domestic workers like Francisca Alvarez, who faced challenges due to the lack of written agreements with employers. The bill’s educational component and efforts to ensure proper contracts are seen as crucial improvements for domestic workers’ rights.