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Sexual harassment and domestic workers

This page was last updated on: 2020-03-22

Domestic workers are among the most vulnerable to abuse in the workplace. Because of their isolation (they work alone in the household) and the nature of the work (relatively poorly educated), domestic workers face many types of unfair treatment and exploitation, from long hours to below average wages. Many women and girls employed as domestic servants around the world face a terrifying series of abuse. Sexual harassment of domestic workers is one such abuse.

Sexual harassment may be carried out by the employer or a member of the household making sexual jokes or remarks, commenting on the clothes or figure of the domestic worker, making inappropriate noises such as whistling or obituary, touching or petting the domestic worker, demanding sexual favors from the domestic worker to keep her job and rape.

It is very difficult for domestic workers to report such cases as they work in isolation and their word against the perpetrator stands, usually without benevolent witnesses. Domestic workers also fear being fired if they report sexual harassment.

Due to the working environment (no HR department, etc.), sexual harassment of a domestic worker would have to be reported as a criminal offense. However, it is very rare for this to take place for fear of retaliation, fear of job loss, and fear of not being taken seriously.

Domestic workers are employees and they are entitled to a job free from sexual harassment.