"My mom pays you to be a good nanny. If you weren't so worthless …" the little girl continued to berate her caretaker.
Not long into this tirade a man walks up to the actors' table, "Why are you treating this woman like this, she's taking a lot of abuse from you," he said.
"Well sir, I don't think this is any of your business," our actress replied firmly.
"Do you own her?" he asked.
"Yeah, my parents pay her," the little girl replied nonchalantly.
"You're lucky you're not my daughter, because I'd take care of you," the bystander countered and then he walked out of the coffee shop.
Browne says that in her line of work it is becoming increasingly common for kids to act out, mimicking their parent's behavior. Her organization, Domestic Workers United, is lobbying the New York legislature to combat the abuse and advocate for benefits.
"Sick days with pay, health insurance, which is very important, personal days ... There are a lot of nannies, when they ask for time off to go and have a mammogram, they're fired," she said.
Magee offered advice to all employees who find themselves working in an abusive environment: "I think in any employment relationship the first thing you want to do is, have a conversation. If that doesn't work, next thing I would do is to document the incidents that happen because at least that gives you some legal recourse. And the third thing is to use your base of power, which is the labor market. You can always walk away from that job as long as you can find another one."