Survey’s results fuel a push to protect domestic workers

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A survey of Brazilian housecleaners around Massachusetts found that 97 percent of them did not have written contracts with their bosses. About 53 percent said they did not receive any breaks, not even for eating, during the work day. And 44 percent said they did not earn enough money to pay for their basic needs.

A preliminary analysis of responses from 187 housecleaners, including some in Framingham and other communities west of Boston, helped advocates for housecleaners and other domestic workers determine how to improve conditions for women they say are often vulnerable immigrants who speak little English.

Last week, state legislators heard testimony in favor of a “domestic workers bill of rights” that would give nannies, caretakers, and housecleaners more protection under the law.

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