Hawaii gov signs domestic workers bill

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Associated Press

Posted on July 2, 2013 at 3:06 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 4 at 9:05 PM

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie has signed a domestic workers bill of rights, making Hawaii the second U.S. state to give nannies, housekeepers and others protections on wages and other labor issues.

Abercrombie signed the bill Monday afternoon at a ceremony at the Hawaii Capitol. The legislation was part of a group of bills signed together that touched on several issues, including human trafficking, treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and breastfeeding.

The domestic workers bill makes it illegal to discriminate against workers based on several factors, including race, gender and sexual orientation. It covers cooks, waiters, butlers and others, including some baby sitters.

The bill had little opposition in the heavily Democratic chambers.

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