Paterson signs first-ever domestic workers rights bill

Gov. David Paterson and Diane Savino, a state senator from Staten Island, celebrate the signing of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in New York on Tuesday.

Updated | 5:37 p.m. New York Gov. David Paterson signed the nation’s first-ever law protecting the rights of domestic workers on Tuesday, offering guaranteed overtime and safeguards against discrimination and sexual harassment to a largely invisible workforce of over half a million.

“Today we correct an historic injustice by granting those who care for the elderly, raise our children and clean our homes the same essential rights to which all workers should be entitled,” Paterson said.

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