Home Truths: Domestic Workers in California

Nik Theodore, Beth Gutelius, and Linda Burnham


This report examining conditions in the industry presents the results of a survey of 631 domestic workers in the Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose metropolitan areas. The survey is the first systematic assessment of domestic workers’ wages and working conditions in the United States, and it presents an empirically grounded picture of what it means to be a domestic worker in California. It reveals that domestic workers, who labor without many of the protections afforded most other workers in the U.S., face a range of hardships associated with their work in an industry that is largely invisible and unregulated.

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