58% of domestic workers spend more than half their income on rent
September 15, 2013 10:49 AM Subscribe
Home Truths: Domestic Workers in California
). 2012's groundbreaking National Domestic Worker Survey was conducted in 14 cities; the sample analyzed in this report includes 631 domestic workers (nannies, caregivers, housecleaners) in four metropolitan areas in California: Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose.
"Additionally, most California domestic workers (88%) surveyed are not granted paid sick leave, nor are they even given unpaid time off to see a doctor (78%). In fact, many report that they risk losing their job if they ask for or take time off. Of the workers who were fired from a domestic-work job, 22% were fired for missing work to take care of themselves or a family member." The director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Ai-jen Poo
, also helped lead a protest for immigration reform
at Capitol Hill on September 12.