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Report a Domestic Worker Bill of Rights violation


Starting May 1, 2020, Philadelphia’s domestic workers are protected under the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights. Domestic workers include nannies, house cleaners, caregivers, and others who provide services in the home.

Employers of domestic workers must:

  • Notify their employees of their rights.
  • Provide their employees with the protections and benefits defined in the law.
  • Keep records that show compliance.

Domestic Worker Bill of Rights violations

Violations of the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights include:

  • Failure to provide a written contract.
  • Failure to provide meal and rest breaks.
  • Failure to track and provide paid time off.
  • Engaging in discrimination or sexual harassment.
  • Engaging in labor trafficking, including keeping personal documents.
  • Engaging in workplace surveillance of a domestic worker.
  • Failure to provide two weeks notice of termination or two weeks severance pay.
  • Failure to provide four weeks notice of termination or four weeks severance pay to live-in workers.
  • Retaliating against a domestic worker for exercising their rights under this law, including threats around immigration status.
  • Failure to notify employees of their rights and keep records that demonstrate compliance.

How to file a complaint

If you believe you have experienced a violation of this law, you can file a complaint with the Office of Benefits and Wage Compliance in the Mayor’s Office of Labor.

To file a complaint, fill out and sign the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights complaint form. You can send your completed form to domesticwork@phila.gov or mail it to:

Office of Benefits and Wage Compliance
100 S. Broad St., 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102