Dear MoveOn member,
There are nearly 2 million domestic or in-home workers in America—nannies, housekeepers and home health care workers—who are excluded from basic labor protections. That means many workers face low or no pay and discrimination or harassment at work with no repercussions. The majority of these workers are women and people of color.
That's why Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and I are partnering up to introduce the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in the next session of Congress. If our bill is enacted into law, we can protect some of the most vulnerable and exploited workers in America.
The work of domestic workers is so incredibly important, both as caregivers and as organizers. We need to speak the truth: these workers are too often undervalued and under-appreciated, and don't have the same workplace protections as other workers. It's not right.
If passed, the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights will:
- Close legal loopholes excluding domestic workers from certain federal labor and civil rights laws
- Create new benefits and protections for domestic workers
- Encourage innovative solutions to address the unique challenges of domestic work; and
- Create new tools to ensure that these rights are real and that workers can exercise their rights without fear.
This fall, Americans elected a historically diverse Congress to represent all Americans—so I believe there's no better time to pass this legislation.
In America, we all deserve basic rights, safety and dignity in the workplace. By fighting for fairness and equal treatment, we are fighting for the best of who we are as a country.
—Senator Kamala Harris
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