this ain't livin': Where Are the Protections for US Domestic Workers?

A survey conducted last year shed some stark light on working conditions for domestic workers in the United States. 23% made less than their state minimum wage, and 48% made less in their primary jobs than they needed to support their families. That estimate was made using a conservative metric, I’d note, and is probably much higher in reality. Few domestic workers receive pension, retirement, or health benefits from their employers, and many cannot afford to fund such benefits on their own. Needless to say, few employers pay into Social Security, leaving domestic workers with few options when it comes to claiming disability and retirement.