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.