California Women Domestic Workers Push for Bill of Rights Legislation

The weak labor market combined with the build-up of immigration enforcement provides employers with "tools to retaliate against immigration workers who seek to exercise there rights."

A survey of low-wage workers in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles found that two in three experienced pay-related workplace violations in their previous week of work.

Farm work, another low-wage, high-immigrant occupation, has less than average worker protections and previous efforts to reform have been thwarted. Last year, a bill farmworkers that would have aligned their overtime and benefits with that of others was vetoed by governor.

The California Domestic Workers Coalition campaign says it will continue to push for a domestic worker bill of rights.

"We as women, as workers, they need to hear us," said Sanchez. "If not for me for the others that will follow. We have suffered so much."

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