A bill of rights for domestic workers in New York.

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April 30 2010 10:40 AM

A Nannies' Bill of Rights

A New York bill protecting domestic workers that would be the first of its kind.

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It's no mystery why immigrant nannies, housekeepers, and caregivers have trouble demanding fair working conditions. The Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights would give them legitimacy and a code to rely on. And it would give guidance to employers who want to treat their employees fairly, but aren't always sure how. Come on, New York, let's leave the 1930s behind.

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Meaghan Winter is working toward an M.F.A. at Columbia, where she also teaches writing. She's at work on a book about the human hair trade.