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USA: Hawaii becomes 2nd State to pass a Domestic Worker bill

USA: Hawaii becomes 2nd State to pass a Domestic Worker bill

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by IDWFED published Jul 02, 2013 12:00 AM
Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a domestic workers bill of rights Monday, making Hawaii the second U.S. state to give nannies, housekeepers and others protections on wages and other labor issues.

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Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a domestic workers bill of rights Monday, making Hawaii the second U.S. state to give nannies, housekeepers and others protections on wages and other labor issues.

Abercrombie signed the bill at an afternoon ceremony at the Hawaii Capitol. The legislation was part of a group of bills signed together that address issues including human trafficking, treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, and breastfeeding.

The domestic workers bill makes it illegal to discriminate against workers based on several factors, including race, gender and sexual orientation. It covers cooks, waiters, butlers and others, including some baby sitters. The protections take effect immediately.

The bill had little opposition in the heavily Democratic chambers.

The National Domestic Workers Alliance praised Hawaii for passing the law and is pushing for similar legislation in other states. New York already has passed a similar law, and bills are being considered in California and Illinois.

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