Home Economics National Study is released.
With the release of a national study, Home Economics: The Invisible and Unregulated World of Domestic Work the National Domestic Worker Alliance is shedding light on the labor conditions for one of the fastest growing industries in the country: domestic care.
Despite their critical contribution, these workers are not protected by the basic fair labor laws that others of us take for granted every day. The Home Economics report surveyed over 2000 house cleaners, nannies and caregivers across the country and found that many are paid below minimum wage, do not receive overtime pay, health benefits or workers compensation. Many endure extended working hours without a break, and many cited physical and verbal abuse that went unreported due to the fear of losing their jobs.