Morning Brief: LA’s Underpaid Domestic Workers
Good morning, L.A.
It’s perhaps no surprise to find out, thanks to new research out of UCLA, that California’s domestic workers – house cleaners, nannies, care providers and more – are underpaid and face poor working conditions.
Looking at government data from 2018, researchers found that many such laborers earned $10 an hour; two dollars less than the state’s minimum wage. On top of that, most domestic workers are categorized as independent contractors, meaning that they aren’t eligible for health care, unemployment benefits, paid time off and more.
The majority of domestic workers are Latina immigrants.
According to Saba Waheed, UCLA Labor Center research director: “We are a state and a country that doesn’t provide enough support in order for the workers to really have the level of income that they should for the kind of work that they’re doing.”
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