LatinoJustice PRLDEF signed on to an amicus brief supporting the rights of home care workers to basic wage
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LatinoJustice PRLDEF signed on to an amicus brief supporting the rights of home care workers to basic wage and hour protections that most other workers receive. The brief was submitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on behalf of a number of civil rights and women’s rights organizations in support of the government appellants’ argument that the Department of Labor properly promulgated regulations that would bring home care workers under the wage and hour protections covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), after many years of interpreting this particular category of workers to be outside the scope of protections.
The brief focuses on the history of racialized and gendered work by women of color that led to their original exclusion under the statute, and subsequent Congressional efforts to extend protections to them. The work of domestic workers, including home health care workers, is documented as historically and contemporary primarily carried out primarily by women of color. According to the National Council of La Raza, 21% of home care workers are Latino, and the majority of them are Latina. Download the brief