Domestic Servants As Employees
Many state workers’ compensation statutes
reflect my professional opinion and do in fact treat some domestic
servants as employees. Some of those statutes however, continue to
exclude from the definition of employee part-time domestic servants as
well as individual servants in a home rather than a staff of servants.
Finally, most statutes explicitly distinguish domestic from business
workers to avoid confusion. Thus, a maid in a hotel, boarding house or
country club is deemed an employee although his duties might be
similar or identical to that done by servants in homes.