HARTFORD, Conn. – They take care of children and the elderly and are trusted to clean homes, but domestic workers are not protected by Connecticut labor laws most of us take for granted.
Natalicia Tracy, executive director of the Brazilian Immigrant Center, said domestic workers have been excluded from Connecticut’s labor laws for 75 years. But she hopes that’s about to change.
The legislature is debating a bill that would afford these workers some basic rights. The bill would require them to be paid minimum wage. It would also require them to get paid for all the hours they work and protect them from discrimination and harassment.
“Domestic workers should have the rights of all other workers,” Tracy said Tuesday at a rally on the steps of the state Capitol.
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