In Seattle, domestic workers don’t have the same protections as others—but that could change

Domestic workers, some members of Working Washington, SEIU 775, or Casa Latina, set up tiny house displays outside City Hall made from gloves and diapers. Photo by Kelsey Hamlin

In a study of 174 Seattle-area caretakers, house cleaners, and gardeners, local labor rights organization Working Washington found that local domestic workers are presented with similar struggles to those in other states and countries: They perform a high-risk job with few workplace protections.

85 percent of Seattle domestic workers, according to the study, would not be covered for an on-the-job injury. 54 percent don’t have health insurance—and only 6 percent get it from their employers. Domestic workers, including those in Seattle, are often at a higher risk for workplace violations, like sexual harassment and wage theft.

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Local Muslim advocacy organization offers bystander intervention training

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The “Hassle Line” – a technique developed by the Civil Rights movement to prepare marchers for confrontations with harassers. [Photo courtesy of CAIR Washington]

Approximately 40 people came to learn bystander training from the Washington Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) on Jan. 13.

Bystander training is a nonviolent mechanism for community members to go out into the real world and prevent confrontations from escalating, prevent harassment or hate crimes, and act as better allies.

The training event included people who had experienced harassment as well as those who had only witnessed it.

Fatima Sheikh has experienced both.

Via International Examiner

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