IV-"The Underpaid and Under-Protected" - Charles Goolrick and Paul Lieberman - Atlanta Constitution

IV-"The Underpaid and Under-Protected" - Charles Goolrick and Paul Lieberman - Atlanta Constitution

"Motels, Gas Stations: Motel Maid's Wages Fall Into Crevice in the Law"

by: Chester Goolrick, Paul Lieberman, Charlene Smith-Williams | publication date: December 4, 1979 | Publication: Atlanta Constitution | pages: A1

"No one expects a maid to earn much money. Traditionally, the domestic -- performing menial household chores which most women do for free on a daily basis in their own homes -- has been in the lowest category of wage earner.

"Today, thousands of women are paid below the federal minimum wage standard -- sometimes legally, sometimes illegally -- to clean rooms in motels and hotels across America. The motel maids comprise one of the nation's largest, and most visible groups of underpaid workers."

A look at the lives of underpaid motel maids in Georgia. Charlene Smith-Williams worked as a motel maid for the investigation.

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