DEFINING DOMESTIC WORK The women profiled in this report daily ease pain, lift spirits, and save lives as professional caretakers of children, the elderly, the infirmed, and the disabled. Despite the great personal sacrifices they frequently make for the comfort and care of others, their work is often demeaned and undervalued and they are denied basic workplace protections afforded to other workers.
WHO IS A DOMESTIC WORKER? Domestic worker is the term applied to a wide range of occupations including nannies, childcare providers, medical and non-medical caregivers ranging from home health and personal care aides to certified nursing assistants (CNAs), homecare workers, and house cleaners.
WHERE DO THEY WORK? Some domestic workers are “live-ins,” meaning they live in the private residences of their employers. Others are “live-outs,” meaning they live outside of the client’s home and come to the residence to work. Domestic workers also work in other non-residential settings, such as nursing homes, hospitals, and group homes.
WHO ARE THEIR EMPLOYERS? Domestic workers are employed under a variety of arrangements, ranging from being employed by a client who may pay them directly to being employed by public and private agencies that send them out on assignments to clients.