A domestic worker in Hamden, Conn. says in a federal lawsuit she was often paid less than $1 per hour as she worked up to 100 hours per week.
Rosemary Muthala filed a suit on Wednesday against Sitto Mfarinya and Susan Kajumoh of Hamden.
She said she worked as a nanny and housekeeper for them, working seven days per week caring for their three children.
Muthala said she left her African country in hopes of earning a better living to support her children, but struggled at times to do so.
A man who identified himself as Mfarinya said he hasn't seen the lawsuit so he couldn't comment.
The lawsuit, which seeks back pay and damages, comes as Connecticut considers legislation that would create a domestic workers bill of rights.