Betania Sheppard often told her story in the nearly year-long effort to pass what's known as Philadelphia's Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. On Tuesday, she told it again, but this time it was with a note of triumph over the conditions she's endured.
“I have been paid very little, and some employers have not paid me the money that was promised me,” she said through a translator. “When I asked them to pay the money that was owed to me, I was screamed at and insulted.”
Among the provisions in the new law is the right to a contract, notice of termination, leave time, meal and rest breaks and protections unique to the positions the workers hold — prohibiting the holding of documents or monitoring private communications.
Mayor Kenney called it a proud moment for the city.
“And we hope that this will be a turning point for many,” he said.