To a European employment lawyer the list of demands of domestic workers in the bill of rights sounds completely reasonable: paid vacation days, severance payment at termination, sick days, etc. However, when I think more about the general legal climate with regard to employment in this country, it seems more complicated. Most employees simply do not have much protection or job security in the US. Why would domestic workers be entitled to more than the average employee? An article in the Village Voice:
"Why should domestic workers get twice the minimum wage?" asked one mother on urbanbaby.com's chat board. Another mom wrote that the bill was "absurd," considering that "most of us don't even get three weeks of vacation. My nanny should get four?"
It is argued that domestic workers deserve a better position because of their vulnerable and easily exploitable position. That makes sense, but I really wonder how twice the minimum wage will be accepted. I invite the ones who know more about this issue to explain to me how they think this will be justified, also from a legal perspective (since I am not a US attorney)
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