The nannies and housekeepers of Illinois would have the same protections and benefits as many other workers, under a “Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights” which is a Senate vote away from going to the governor.

“The legislation amends four state laws which currently exclude domestic workers,” said Wendy Pollack, director of the Women's Law and Policy Project at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. “They are the minimum wage law, the Illinois Human Rights Act, the One Day Rest in Seven Act, and the Wages of Women and Minors Act.”

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Magdalena Zylinska says while her work is fulfilling and important, subminimum wages and sexual harassment come with the territory. “Take, for instance, a client whose house I cleaned, who would often take his clothes off in front of me and walk around naked while I worked.”

A legislative liaison from the Illinois Department of Labor, Chris Wieneke, said the administration opposes the law because it would cost $300,000 to enforce.

HB 1288 has passed the Senate Executive Committee.

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