California Domestic Workers Coalition

Steve Angeles

Filipino workers gathered outside of a nursing services company, demanding backwages. The California Labor Commissioner’s office has issued a citation on Angel Connection Inc and the J Jireh Group. It said those related companies had misclassified their workers, mostly Filipino caregivers, as independent contractors in an effort to avoid paying required wages, workers compensation insurance, and payroll taxes. The firms have been ordered to pay about $1.9  million in backwages and penalties.

Due to statutes of limitations, the investigation covered a period from 2018 to 2020. Caregivers said they worked for 24 hours a day for 6 days straight as live-in caregivers, earning as little as $6.25 an hour. That’s well below the 12 dollar minimum wage at the time, with no overtime pay.

“Being a live-in caregiver means that I also do things other than caregiving, like cooking and preparing meals, cleaning the house, and so on and so forth. Usually I don’t get proper meal or rest breaks, no proper sleep time because I am constantly watching my client. There is no such thing as sleeping throughout the night,” former Angel Connect employee ‘Maria’ shared. “Hundreds of thousands of dollars were stolen from me as a live-in caregiver. I’ll say that again, hundreds of thousands of dollars of stolen wages just for one person.”