How to hire domestic workers ethically.
July 11, 2013 9:55 AM Subscribe
I'm in Los Angeles and I'd like to hire a weekly or bi-weekly gardener and cleaning person. I just don't know how to do so in the most ethical way possible.
posted by Thin Lizzy to Home & Garden (13 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I know deep down that the best, most ethical answer is, "do it yourself, princess", but for the sake of the question, let's admit this personal failure and move on.
I would like the people I hire to use products and equipment they feel are safe. They should have the ability to set their own hours, and have or at least be able to afford basic benefits like health insurance. The rate they get should also adequately compensate for the miles they have to put on their car. I know in San Fransisco there's a domestic workers' co-op that was basically set up to ensure all of these conditions are met but I haven't found something similar in LA.
Im interested in hearig about any leads on firms who treat their employees well or ways of hiring directly (particularly in regards to managing and calculating pay, safety and benefits).