Domestic workers push to amend Connecticut Labor Law

Domestic workers say they often make verbal agreements with employers that aren't honored. (3/13/14)

BRIDGEPORT - Domestic workers called on state lawmakers to pass legislation that would grant them fair labor rights they say they don't have.

Domestic workers, many of who are employed as housekeepers and child care workers, testified before the General Assembly's Labor and Public Employees Committee Thursday night.

They support a bill to amend the Connecticut Labor Law by requiring domestic workers and their employer to fill out a written agreement that covers pay, sick time, job expectations and other provisions.

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Domestic workers say they often make verbal agreements with employers that aren't honored.

It's not illegal for domestic workers to be paid below minimum wage.

While this bill wouldn't change that, supporters say the written agreement would allow them more power to bargain for a better wage.

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