Domestic Workers Call for New Law
Mujeres Unidas y Activas held a press conference at 11:30 a.m. Friday at their offices in the Women's Building in San Francisco's Mission District to bring attention to the fact that the wage and hour allegations made against Whitman are a common occurrence for domestic workers, even though they may not always make the headlines. The allegation that the Republican gubernatorial candidate knowingly hired an undocumented worker in her home came "less than 24 hours" after Whitman said employers should be held accountable for hiring undocumented workers, notes Araceli Martínez Ortega in La Opinión.
A movement has been building in California to pass legislation similar to that passed in New York that would protect the rights of domestic workers, Rubén Moreno reported recently in La Opinión.
Although there are no official statistics, La Opinión reports that there are an estimated 400,000 domestic housecleaners and caretakers in California.
Studies of domestic workers in the Bay Area by her organization and other groups have found that these workers are often paid less than minimum wage, not paid overtime, and experience high rates of abuse.