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Pay, professionalism, and respect black domestic workers continue the call for standards in the care industry

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Bayard, Marc
Freeman Brown, Kimberly
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Friday, October 5, 2018

Pay, Professionalism & Respect is a two-volume report detailing the history and current challenges facing black nannies, home care workers, and house cleaners in Atlanta, GA, and Durham, NC, such as systemically low wages, rampant sexual harassment, and a lack of benefits. It also details policy recommendations and reforms that are needed to transform the entire care industry, which is one of the fastest growing in the country.

In a city-wide survey of 49 Black domestic workers in Atlanta, we found:

  • 100% were women
  • 72% made less than $30,000, 67% reported not making enough to cover living expenses
  • 82% receive public assistance
  • 94% reported workplace concerns such as: low wages, workplace injuries or health and safety issues, asked to do work different from original hired job, lack of employer benefits, lack of training, asked to work more than scheduled hours, no paid time off
  • 55% reported working while sick, and 20% reported canceling a medical appointment because of work
  • 67% did not have work contracts

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