Seattle domestic worker awarded over $71,000 in first-of-its-kind settlement

The city’s Domestic Workers Ordinance was passed on July 1, 2019, to protect nannies, house cleaners, gardeners and cooks working in private homes.

Editor’s note: The video above about Seattle wanting to raise awareness about domestic workers’ rights was originally published in June 2022.

SEATTLE – A Seattle domestic worker was awarded over $71,000 in back wages from an employer in a settlement Friday. The settlement was announced on the third anniversary of a city ordinance designed to give people working in private homes minimum wage, rest break and meal break rights.

The Seattle Office of Labor Standards (OLS) accused a household employer of violating the Domestic Workers Ordinance,

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